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Michael "Mike" James Allman

August 13, 1954December 29, 2020

Died unexpectedly at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, surrounded by his family, on December 29, 2020 in Falls Church, Virginia at the age of 66.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sally; daughters, Hannah, Audrey, and Mariana; siblings, David Allman of Kalamazoo MI, Mary (Allman) Kovach of Paw Paw MI, Lyn (Allman) Goldberg of Springfield VA, Tom Allman of Ceresco MI, Julie (Allman) Buck of Kalamazoo MI; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Marie Allman; and his sister, Joan (Allman) Rentschsler. Mike was born on August 13, 1954 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Hugh Martin Allman and Catherine Marie (Thomas) Allman. Among many other things, they taught him the importance of a strong work ethic. He graduated from Hackett Catholic High School in 1972 and then went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1976 earning a degree in Naval Architecture. After his twin sister, Lyn, introduced them, he married Sally Ann Wallach, a registered nurse, in 1984. After moving to Northern Virginia, Mike worked for several defense contractors, affectionately referred to as “the salt mines”. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel the world but, as the patriot he always was, his most satisfying post was where he finished his career as an accomplished naval architect working for DOD. With the US Navy, he contributed to building the Littoral Combat Ships known as LCS. He and Sally welcomed three daughters into their home; Hannah Kathleen, Audrey Marie, and Mariana Josephine Wallach. Mike was a devoted husband and father who taught his daughters the importance of faith, family, hard work, fun, and many “valuable life skills” involving duct tape and WD-40. His daughters will remember him as a kind, gentle, and patient father whose sense of humor could always make them smile (or roll their eyes) and whose warm embrace always provided comfort. Mike was greatly looking forward to celebrating the marriage of his eldest daughter, Hannah, in the new year to Daniel Brink who received the enthusiastic blessing of his future father-in-law before proposing last month.

Mike was an active and dedicated member of the community who exemplified the spirit of service. He was the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Angelus Academy as well as a popular substitute nurse because of his generosity in bandaid distribution. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ambassadors of Mary. Mike was a passionate Michigan football fan in spite of the undisputed fact that “the Big 10 has the worst officiating in the universe.” He was also an expert solitaire player who eagerly shared his winning strategy with friends and family. He thoroughly enjoyed taking online classes through Hillsdale College and recently threatened to make his association official by applying to live in the dorm. He was an avid reader of military history and watcher of “How It’s Made.” He loved spending time with his family and friends and telling (and retelling) jokes and stories that somehow never got old. Mike was always planning the next project whether it be for home improvement or for the enhancement of the family lake house in Canada, which he treasured dearly. “Up North,” he loved fishing, grilling, adjusting the dock, and most especially hearing the shrieks of young tubers bouncing over the wake of his 35 year old Bayliner. He also shared a special bond with his dog, Lydia, who followed him everywhere, “waiting for a pork chop to fall out of his pocket.” Mike was a loving and generous man of God who positively impacted many and will be remembered above all else for his kindness.

The Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Wednesday, January 6th at St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church in Springfield, Virginia where the pastor, Rev. John C. De Celles will concelebrate the Mass with Rev. Kevin Beres, a close family friend and pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Washington, VA where the burial will follow.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Raymond’s for their gentle guidance, the Angelus Academy community for the prayer service on December 30th, their friends and neighbors for their consoling presence and acts of kindness and the Women’s Apostolate to Youth for arranging the lovely gathering after the burial. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Angelus Academy, 7644 Dynatech Ct, Springfield, VA 22153. https://angelusacademy.org/donate/

  • FAMILY

  • Mike is survived by his wife, Sally; daughters, Hannah, Audrey, and Mariana; siblings, David Allman of Kalamazoo MI, Mary (Allman) Kovach of Paw Paw MI, Lyn (Allman) Goldberg of Springfield VA, Tom Allman of Ceresco MI, Julie (Allman) Buck of Kalamazoo MI; and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Memories

Michael "Mike" James Allman

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John & Beth Hollingsworth

August 8, 2021

Beth and I were stunned to learn of Mike’s passing while reading the M Nautilus In Memoriam section. You never expect to see a contemporary, colleague, friend with those who have passed on. I worked with Mike for 14 years or so and many leisure hours attempting to play golf. Mike gave up golf when he and Sally starting expanding their family - probably a good decision, I should have followed suit. Mike will be missed by both family and friends. Worse thing is we’ll never be able to get “the band” back together, there will always be an empty chair at the table.

Jim McMahon

July 1, 2021

I was fresh out of college in 1985. Knew so little about, well, just about everything, but was blessed to work with Mike as one of my mentors in my early career. Always patient with me, ever supportive despite my many mistakes, Mike always had a kind word or a bit of humor to help our team endure some lean times. I learned a great deal about respect, kindness, and compassion from Mike those many years ago. I hope warm memories of their husband, dad, son, and uncle are a comfort to Mike's family until they meet him again in the joyful presence of the Lord.

Denise Cavanaugh

January 13, 2021

Sally and Girls

We just heard about Mike, The Cavanaugh's will miss him greatly. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you. We just were talking that Mike would not be happy with Michigan football, extending Harbaugh's contract.

Jeff, Denise, Colin, Shane and Bridget Cavanaugh

Stanley Radzevicius

January 11, 2021

So sorry to hear the news, we shared many good times together visiting families with the Ambassadors. Great personality and wonderful man, it won't be the same without him. He will be deeply missed by all.

Cathy Metzler

January 8, 2021

Sally and family - I am so sorry to learn of Mike's death. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. Your daughter wrote a great obituary. I remember Mike fondly from school. Take care.

Cathy (Contos) Metzler

Julia Manuel

January 5, 2021

I love the photo of Mr. Allman at the bottom of the page here. I'm almost certain it's from our trip to Austria, and I will always be so grateful to Mr. Allman for how generous and kind he always was to me. From always welcoming me at his house and treating me like one of his own, to being the best soccer sideline cheerleader, to bringing me all the way to Europe with the Allman Family, he will always have a special place in my heart. He taught me that you don't have to be loud to be heard, and his gentle kindness was always so calming and special to be around.

Priscilla (PK) Kelleher

January 5, 2021

Sally,
I am so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With my deepest sympathy,
PK

Joseph richardson

January 4, 2021

Was always great fun at the house exploring the forts, trains and race car sets Mike and the boys put together. Thanks Mike you are missed!

Liz and Peter Gauthier

January 3, 2021

Our hearts ache to know of Mike’s passing.
Whether the memories are of Saint Bernadette school, NAVSEA, or the neighborhood, they remind us of his kind, gentle, family oriented and faith-filled countenance.
Sending our love and prayers.

Jack Marlatt

January 2, 2021

Mike and I went to school together for 8 years at St. Augustine Elementary and for 4 years together at Hackett High School both in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

We also attended the University of Michigan together. For three of those four years Mike was my roommate along with our good friends Joe Byrne and Blaine Kalafut.

We all had a very good time together.

Mike was very smart and fun to be with.

I have many memories of Mike.

Here is just one. Blaine and I witnessed as Mike made the greatest basketball shot of all time, bar none, during a trip we made to attend the 1976 Orange Bowl game in Miami. Anyone can ask Blaine or me about the details.

Mike was a good friend and confidant of mine and I will miss him.

Jack Marlatt

FROM THE FAMILY