Eugene O. Allen
January 13, 1929 – October 28, 2019
Eugene Orrie "Gene" Allen left us way too soon on Monday, 28 October 2019, when he passed away unexpectedly at home. Best of husbands, best of fathers, and best of men, Gene was born on 13 January 1929 in Littleton, Colorado, to Ora and Grace Allen. He joined the US Navy after high school and served 20 years, retiring at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served in the Pacific and at bases in New York, Hawaii, California, Georgia, and Kansas. Early in his career he was assigned to Naval Air Station Olathe and while there he met the love of his life, Helen Louise Spielbusch, in 1949. Gene and Helen married on 18 February 1950 and celebrated their 69th anniversary earlier this year. They enjoyed many adventures around the USA and especially their year in Honolulu before Hawaiian statehood. In 1954, they lost a precious baby, David Eugene Allen. In 1958, son Bradley Mark Allen was born. Gene retired from the Navy in 1967 and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Math Education from UMKC. Gene spent his entire 21-year teaching career at Southeast Junior High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and enjoyed all the time spent with his students. When he retired from teaching, he joined Helen in a longtime passion of collecting, buying, and selling early 20th-century American glass and pottery. He loved treasures from the Cambridge and Heisey glass companies especially. Gene was active in the Heart of America Glass Collectors, National Cambridge Collectors, and National Depression Glass Association. He loved attending glass shows, meeting collectors, and swapping stories with old friends. He and Helen enjoyed working at W. D. Pickers Antique Mall in Platte City, Missouri, taking care of their booth and visiting with new and old collectors. Gene is survived by his wife, Helen Allen (Overland Park, Kansas), son Brad Allen and son-in-law Gene Cooper (Kansas City, Missouri), brother Robert Allen (Denver, Colorado), brother- and sister-in-law Jack and Dar Spielbusch (Overland Park, Kansas), and many beloved nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in his name to the Veterans Community Project, National Cambridge Collectors, or National Depression Glass Association (Museum Fund).
- Helen L. Allen, Wife
- Brad Allen and his husband, Gene Cooper, Son
- Robert Allen, Brother
- Jack and Dar Spielbusch, Brother- and Sister-in-law
- He also leaves behind many beloved nephews and nieces to cherish his memory.
- Bryce Klusman
- Darren Klusman
- Gary Klusman
- Larry Klusman
- Don Lunbeck
- Steve Spielbusch
- Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
Eugene O. Allen
November 2, 2019
Helen, Brad, Gene, and all of the family,
So many memories from the last 46 years of hanging out with Helen (La) and Gene! Randy and I are so grateful to have been a part of the Allen family for all of these years. Gene's passion for sharing his knowledge and educating us about his collection was a mentoring process not to be missed. He always welcomed us into his life and home -- every time the whole gang descended on them. As a teacher myself, I always admired his amazing journey as a long-time educator and mentor to so many students. He will be remembered, missed, and celebrated in our hearts forever.
Sending lots of love and time and light your way.
Michael Mansfield and Randy Sweringen
November 2, 2019
Dear Helen, Brad and Gene,
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of hanging out with you and some very spirited card games. Not to mention your dad’s/husband’s stories about teaching. Some truly terrifying stories and some quite humorous and heartwarming. He was truly a great man and raised a great son.
May his memory be a blessing.
Jim & Margaret Davis
October 31, 2019
Helen, Brad and Gene - we were so sorry to hear of Gene's passing this morning. We know he had a good life and will be greatly missed by so many friends and family. We enjoyed the pictures you posted on this site. Thanks for sharing them! They bring back memories of the times we did glass shows in Independence .
May God be with you in these hard days ahead.
Jim and Margaret
Leora and Jim Leasure
October 30, 2019
Dear Brad and Gene,
Your parents have been two of our favorite people. They taught so many of us how our life should be lived, Not with words but by example.
Our love and sympathy to you and your Mother.
Your Father will be missed by many, Jim and I are just two of the many.
Keep his memory alive in your heart As you share and love the memories of life with this very special person.
Leora and Jim
October 30, 2019
We were very sad to hear of your father's passing. We did not know him, but we have seen by how you live your life, what a special person he was. Jesus said to us "I go to prepare a place for YOU."