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Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA

OBITUARY

James Robert Allen

July 4, 1936July 27, 2020

James Robert, “Moose” Allen, 84, of Punta Gorda, Florida passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, at his Leesville Lake, Virginia, residence. He was the husband of Mildred “Mitzy” Leachman Allen. Born July 4, 1936, in Royal Oak, Michigan, he was the son of the late Robert Bernard Allen and the late Dorothy Mae Miller Allen.

Moose was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was raised in Dearborn, Michigan, where he was an Eagle Scout and an accomplished athlete. He attended Eastern Michigan University on a football and track scholarship. Upon graduation in 1958, he was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Marines with assignments in Quantico, Virginia, Okinawa, Japan, and Albany, Georgia. Following active duty, he served in the FBI for 23 years, primarily in central Virginia, until his retirement in 1986.

Moose was a devoted patriot who loved his country and the U. S. military. He had many hobbies, including boating and competitive water skiing, traveling with Mitzy in their motorhome, and SCUBA diving. During retirement, Moose and Mitzy spent several months each year on their live-aboard trawler in southwest Florida, often taking week-long excursions to the Keys and the Bahamas. Moose was also a federal firearms instructor and a steadfast member of the NRA. He was a loyal friend who never met a stranger, and loved helping friends and family with construction projects.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his four children, Catherine Beal and her husband James of Stuttgart, Germany, Robert Douglas Allen and his wife Kimberly of Newport, NC, James David Allen and his wife Dannie of Rockingham, VA and Cara Allen Riggs and her husband Matthew of Fountain Inn, SC; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and other loving family members and friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, 273 Columbus Avenue, Suite 10, Tuckahoe, NY 10707 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.

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SK Newby

August 7, 2020

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I first met Jim in the winter of 1972 when he taught firearms and defensive tactics at the first LPD basic school. It was a joy to know him through law enforcement but got to know him better when he and I kept statistics for JF football. Over the years it was a great pleasure to know him professionally and on a personal level.

Gary Reynolds

August 3, 2020

The first time I met 'Moose' and he shook my hand; I instantly knew why he was called Moose as my hand ached for 24 hours afterwards!
Jim trained two generations of law enforcement officers throughout Virginia; he earned respect by all of us because of his knowledge, professionalism, and personality.
There are few people in life that earn the title of 'legend' and Moose certainly earned that title; he was a 'legend' in the FBI as well as with local and state law enforcement, a 'legend' that will never be forgotten.
He taught me a lot and I will be forever grateful to him.
I extend my most sincere sympathy to the family.

Lili and David Wykle

August 1, 2020

Dear Mitzy and Family,
How sad we are this morning to read of Jim's passing. To us he was a" larger than life" figure! We have so many memories of him. He was always upbeat. I still quote him when tough times come, " in a hundred years, all new people, don't sweat it". Jim was a good friend to us when we lived in his Elk Creek valley. He helped when we built our new home. A funny story is the day he was showing off his strength while doing pull ups hanging from the ankle holders hooked to a beam in his house. He could do anything but this day one of the holders broke. We all laughed as he tumbled part way down. He was such a good sport! We knew three of his children and they were the best. God's blessings and comfort to Mitzy and all Jim's family. Love, Lili and David

Lee Aylor

August 1, 2020

I was saddened to see the obituary on Moose yesterday. We always enjoyed seeing both of you at the store when you came by for lunch, and pray that God will give you peace.
Lee Aylor
Aylor’s Farm & Garden

Susan and Vernon Ward

July 31, 2020

We have such good memories of Jim over the years in the valley. RIP our friend. You will be missed! As you called me "Sweet Sue" and Vernon

Joe Scandariato

July 31, 2020

David,

You could not have said it any better than you did. Those of us who were lucky enough to cross paths with Moose and play in life with him are all better off for it. His legacy lives on in you and your siblings, your children and your children's children. I know that your family strength and your memories will allow you to carry on.

David Allen

July 31, 2020

On behalf of the Allen family, thanks to all of our friends and extended family for reaching out to us.

Dad had an incredible life and often said there was nothing he would have done differently. He was an awesome dad, and I was proud to be one of his kids. He set a great example of how to love his family, his friends, and his country. We will all miss him dearly. But he would not want us to be sad; instead, as Moose often told me, “Keep your dauber up!” My hope is that the thought of him will bring a smile to your face. I know I will cherish those memories, and continue to try to follow in his 14EEE footsteps.

Susan Holmes

July 31, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Moose's passing. I always looked forward to seeing him at the doctor's office where I worked. He was such a gentleman and he was full of interesting stories. Moose was one of a kind and he really made a difference in the world. He will be missed.

Darrell Costa

July 31, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I saw Jim occasionally at lunch at Westside Deli and must say he looked just like I remember him from his days coaching little league football for the Timberlake Lions. He was a big man!! Rest In Peace Moose.

Mel Parker

July 31, 2020

My condolences to Mitzy and Jim's family and friends, I have fond memories of Jim when he played volleyball & water skied at Leesville Lake and helped instruct young athletes track and field athletes at Linkhorne Middle/Junior High School.

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