Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI


Allen E. Schou

January 14, 1930January 4, 2020

Allen E. Schou, 89, passed away January 4, 2020. Allen was born on January 14, 1930 in Detroit to Anders Axel and Mary M. (nee: Pedersen) Schou, the first of their two sons. Allen graduated from McKinley High School in Detroit. He joined the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at the Grosse Isle Naval Station where he served as an Aircraft Mechanic. It was at the Naval Station NCO club where he proposed to Lillian Grigo. They were married on February 2, 1951 and enjoyed 63 years of marriage.

He began his career as a carpenter and became a General Construction Superintendent for Darin & Armstrong, Inc. He later owned and operated MSI, Inc., a Construction Management company, primarily building and renovating hospitals throughout Michigan. At MSI, Allen was Vice-President of Construction. He is a graduate of Carpentry Apprentice School with a Bachelor of Commercial Science degree from D.B. I.

Allen is survived by his daughters, Sandra Schou, Linda Schou and Debra (Fred) Brunk; brother, Kenneth (Colleen) Schou; granddaughters, Leah Brunk and Rachael (John) Krutty; niece, Kendra (Danny) Rawls; nephews, Todd (Mary) Schou and Glenn (Sue) Schou. In addition to his parents, Allen was predeceased by his wife, Lillian (2014), Sandra's husband, Robert Pado (2008), and niece, Susan Urben (2019).

Memorials in honor of Allen may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-Donor Services, P.O. Box 98018, Washington, D.C. 20090-8018 (www.lls.org) or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 (woundedwarriorproject.org).

Services are private. Please share condolences or a memory of Allen with his family at his online guest book.


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robert kiefiuk

January 8, 2020

On many Sundays Allen, and I would see each other at Glen Eden as we paid our respects and undisguised devotion to our respective spouses.

Allen accompanied by his daughters, would eagerly give praise and thanks to God for his good fortune of his life, his dear and loving wife and warm wonderful family.

As the memories and stories unfolded one could tell of his pride in military service, work history and of many happy times.

A recent wedding gift project re-ignited his woodworking skills

Allen will be missed but fondly remembered
I take solace that Allen and Lillian are united again, forever

A lighted candle an prayers in memory
God bless

Mr Robert Kiefiuk

Kathy Ratchford-Clegg

January 8, 2020

Dear Linda, Debbie, Sandy, and Family:
It is with great sadness that we learned of Al's passing. Al was a neighbor of our Dad's for the past 15 plus years. When our Mother passed away two years ago, Al was immediately there and took Dad under his wings. We will always be grateful for the kindness and friendship Al extended to our Dad and family during that most difficult time. Dad and Al became pretty close over the past few years. Al organized Thursday lunches with a few of the gentlemen in the condo complex. These lunches were something that Dad always looked forward to. Al helped my Dad learn the tricks of "cooking for one" and how to use Amazon for ordering all sorts of things. He was such a blessing to our Dad and family. He will be greatly missed!
The Lloyd Ratchford Family (Lloyd, Kathy, Bill, Mike, Bob, and Patty).

N Rehan

January 8, 2020

First, to my ‘unofficial cousins’, Sandy, Linda, and Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy! Although I haven’t seen him in a long time, I will miss him dearly.
So, memories! Where to start? Camping at Island Lake in those heavy, smelly, and waterproof-only-if-you-didn’t-touch-the-sides, canvas tents! Our dads would take us, and set up ‘camp’, then leave our moms to deal with us all week while they went to work! Fortunately, we progressed to pop-up campers, where we would spend hours playing ‘Tonk’ and using ‘Michigan mints’ for money!
Splashing around on Gilman (?), when the street would flood after rainstorms (we were easily amused...).
And who can forget dressing in our Danish costumes, and dancing at the Danish Festivals!
I know there are many more memories, but those times were special to me!
God’s peace and comfort to you!

Jytte Burgaard

January 8, 2020

Dear Sandra and Debbie and family

We had the honour to know your Dad Allen Schou a little through your stay in Denmark in 2018. You always talked about him with great love and caring thoughts. Through letters, photos and phone calls we learned to know your Dad Allen as a great father, who cared about his daughters and family with passion and love. He loved to be with you and the family as much as possible, and you shared your time with him with great pleasure. Now he rest in peace with his beloved wife Lillian, and we hope it can be a comfort for you in the time to come. All honour to his memory and with love from Denmark

Irmgard, Mogens Titter and Thor
Jytte, Jorgen, Mette, Malou and Emilie

Gerry Thibert

January 7, 2020

I first met Mr Schou at Bruin Lake State Park when I was just 14 yrs old. I had just met Sandy ( Sam )at Bruin Lake sitting around the campfire down by the lake. Sandy was my very first girlfriend and I remember Sam introducing me to her father. He was a nice man but was quite strict with me when around his oldest daughter. He was a good and caring father. I dated Sandy off and on as the years passed and Mr. Schou was always very polite to me. I'm so sorry for your loss Sandy. I know how much you truly loved your father. And I also know you were a good and caring Daughter. Gerry Thibert (FBF)

Julie Williamson

January 7, 2020

Dear Sandy & Family:

Though I did now know your father well and had only met him a few times, I know he was a good man who had a wonderful wife, 3 beautiful daughters and 2 grandchildren that he was most proud of. I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace with your mother and great memories of them both be with you always.

With sympathy,

Julie Williamson