OBITUARY

William "Bill" Henry Allmen Jr.

September 23, 1941August 22, 2012

It is with great sadness that the family of William “Bill” H. Allmen, Jr. announces his passing on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, he was 70. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a five-year courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born in Oxnard on September 23, 1941 to Lois and William H. Allmen, Sr. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Oxnard High School. Bill graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska and received his Masters Degree in Math from California State University, Northridge. He was a Math and Computer science teacher for 41 years, teaching for seven years at two Lutheran High Schools on Long Island, New York and the last 34 years, he taught Math and Computer science at Buena High School in Ventura. Bill was everyone’s “favorite teacher”. He also coached football, basketball and wrestling. Bill was on the Swim Team and Water Polo Team at both High School and College and was a Lifeguard for many summers.

Bill met and married the love of his life Christie in New York and was happily married for 46 years. He is survived by his loving wife Christie; two sons Keith (wife Lindi) and Kurt (wife Floriana); as well as his six adoring grandchildren Tobias, Keaton, Billy, Francisca, Jaden and Mathis. He is also survived by his five siblings, Annette Birch, Elaine Campbell, John Allmen, Ilene Edgein and Alice Peterson and many nieces and nephews.

He was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir, served as Chairman of the Trustees, Youth Director and also ran the sound system for Sunday Services.

Throughout his life he enjoyed camping, fishing, swimming, biking, traveling and spending time with his family. He loved trains and built a large layout for his Lionel trains. His grandchildren loved playing trains with their “Papa Choo Choo”.

Bill will be remembered for his devotion to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as his gentle heart, kindness, family values and incredible work ethic and will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him. “A faithful man will be richly blessed” Proverbs 28:20.

A visitation will take place at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura on Saturday, August 25, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 26, 2012, 3:00 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 North “C” Street, Oxnard, 93030. In of lieu flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Memorial Fund at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, August 26, 2012
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November 18, 2012

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! A former neighbor. Dottie

Jay Musfeldt

August 29, 2012

I was blessed to be a classmate of Bill's for our 4 years at Concordia, Seward, Nebraska. He was a great guy then and remained so. Bill was a gift from God to his family and all who came into contact with him. We thank God for Bill and his life of love and service.
Jay Musfeldt, Leander, TX

Neil Taylor

August 29, 2012

Bill was my favorite teacher in high school so many years ago in New York. We also played church league basketball together for a couple of years. He was a SUPER guy and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Kathy Elskamp

August 29, 2012

Mr, Allmen was a great math teacher, I had him for both calculus and computer science my senior year. I was working full time at night and Mr. Allmen picked up that my first period calc class was really hard for me (the only calc class at Buena that year was first period) and he reached out and asked me why I so "on fire" for computer science but "dog-tired" in math. I told him I was working at night and he would let me come in during my work experience to work on Calculus with the other brianiac kids. (ha, ha).. My love of math and the kick I got out of computers IN HIS CLASS helped lead me into my career. I worked at Microsoft for almost 20 years and still continue to work in IT today. I wouldn't have that "on-fire" desire I had for computers and software if it wasn't for Mr. Allmen. God now has a great math teacher on his team in heaven!!! - Kathy Elskamp (Kathy Massa - Graduate 1981)

Troy Leach

August 28, 2012

Bill was a gifted teacher and mentor. He was the best math teacher and was always encouraging his students. I was lucky enough to have him for geometry and computer science while I was at Buena and had the good fortune to be have him as a colleague after I graduated from college.

Bill will be greatly missed.

Troy Leach, BHS class of 81

Kenny Chan

August 27, 2012

I had Mr. Allmen in the early days of using PCs in class (remember the Apple IIe?). He was always enthusiastic and prepared. However, the thing that I remember most about Mr. Allman was that decades later, we met up during a bike ride and I told him I was an engineer working with communication systems, and he remembered a program I wrote in his class to plot conic sections! My condolences to his family and friends for their loss, but know that his memory lives on. BHS class of 1981.

August 27, 2012

A man marked with endless patience, genuine concern for others and a contagious laugh. As good a friend as another man can have- a model for us all as to what servanthood really means. Dan and Linda Juergensen

August 26, 2012

Bill was the proverbial "All-American" college student. It was my privilege to have him in my circle of friends. Bill was our Class President of the Class of 1963 at Concordia Teachers' College in Seward, NE. We will miss him at our Golden Anniversary Reunion this May--2013. Our sincere condolences to the entire Allmen Family. God bless you all and give you His loving peace. Sincerely in Christ, Ron and Elaine (Hummel) Royuk

Richard Johnston

August 25, 2012

To the Family of Bill Allmen, 8/25/2012

Hello, first of all I would like to tell you I am sorry for your loss. I know almost nothing I can say will make the pain of this loss go away, but I will try to share with you some of the impact Bill had that you, he may not even have known about.

I enjoyed surfing, soccer, and skating too much to reach my highest potential in his calculus class. This annoyed him a bit, he always told me “With your talent, you should be finding this class incredibly easy.” In fact one day when a buddy Dean Owens and I gave him an Easter present, a series of Easter egg related calculus problems, hoping he would gift us a few extra points, he laughed and then got real serious. He told me, “If I don't get serious about what I am doing, I would never amount to anything. “ He knew I was not planning on college; I wasn't really planning on anything. He knew I need a swift kick to get me started.

I accepted the challenge, great teachers are never surprised when their students do, so I am sure he was not surprised in the least. In 4 years I came back to tell him that I had received a BS in Mathematics, he was thrilled and encouraging. I did not see him until 7 years later at an awards banquet for teaching and he was on the other side of the room. I wondered if he remembered me as I was receiving the award, but failed to make it over to talk to him that night. I have now been teaching for 21 years. I am a Calculus and Computer Science teachers at Santa Barbara High School. Bill's challenge has a lot to do with why I am here.

I tell you this because, you probably have not heard of me or thousands of individuals that Bill has touched over the years. It is important that the ones close know that Bill truly made an impact here, and now God has decided that he has run the good race. He fought the good fight, and most of all his work here is done. It is now time for him to hang out with Jesus. In the mean time while we wait to join him in heaven, we will try to run the good race.

I have a list, a list of heroes. I started it when a gentleman named Richie Berman passed away. This list includes men and women who in my career have mentored me, empowered me, and inspired me to try to make this world a better place. Today I add William Allmen to that list. Not because of the difference he made in my life, but for the difference he made in this world. He managed to educate the top 100 to 180 students each year at BHS. Most of these characters, have gone on to be contributing members of society, some like me a teacher, others like Mia a classmate of mine who saves lives daily with her surgical skills.

He will be missed, but his passion for life lives on in those he trained and left behind.

Best Wishes,

Richard Johnston

Diana Suarez

August 25, 2012

I just want to say that Mr. Allmen was a great person and very successful teacher. I remember other classmates in other math classes always complaining about their math teachers. I never felt that way. Mr. Allmen always taught us respectfully and if we didn't understand he would explain it again. Geometry H and Calculus AP were my most favorite classes at Buena because of him. I am so glad to have experienced his class with so many of my friends. My sympathy goes to his family and I am sure that he will be missed greatly by all that have known him. God Bless your family ! and thank you for sharing him with us : )