Richard "Dick" Allen

July 31, 1929June 2, 2013

Richard “Dick” Allen Clive

Dick Allen, 83, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. A Memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Friday at McLaren’s Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Dick was born July 31, 1929 in Hampton, Iowa to Merl and Evelyn (Paullus) Allen. He was Chief Engineer at Eagle Iron Works in Des Moines. Dick graduated from Hampton High School and from Iowa State University with degrees in Electrical, Mechanical and Design Engineering; he was also a member of the ISU Alumni Association. He was united in marriage to Ada J. Allen on February 14, 1952. Dick enjoyed woodworking, gardening, tinkering, reading, listening to music and computer technology.

Dick is survived by his three children, Diane Roll of Des Moines, Robert (Wilfe) Allen of Ankeny and Thomas (Michelle) Allen of Olathe, KS; Ten Grandchildren and Six Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada; son, Steven Allen; parents and sister, Sylvia Pickard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McLaren’s Chapel. Memorial contributions may be directed to Unity Point Hospice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 7, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, June 6, 2013

Richard "Dick" Allen

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Joss Sanderson

January 13, 2014

Dick was a special person who always took the time to do it right. His help to my sister in her time of need will always be remembered

Cousin Lois Dohrmann

June 8, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

June 7, 2013

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. ~

Louis Vanderwilt

June 6, 2013

Dick was my boss and my mentor. It was through his example that I strive to be a better engineer. His insight taught me to take a complicated problem, reduce it to it's fundamental elements, and the solution becomes much simpler. I will miss the man, the engineer.

JoAnn Birdsall Campbell

June 5, 2013

Mr. Allen was from the same generation as my father. It was important to be a dedicated family man. Mr. Allen raised a fine family, and loved his grandchildren. His generation praised hard work and dedication to the job. Mr. Allen was a hard worker and was a true success in his life. Like my father, he was conservative in thought and dress and had a brilliant mind. The last time I saw Mr. Allen was at his wife's funeral. That is the picture I will always keep of him, in my mind. Without Mr. Allen, I never would have met my "sister," Diane, who is the best friend anyone could ever have. Thank you, Mr. Allen.

Lynne Krantz

June 5, 2013

Dick was one of my very dearest friends. He was my "adopted" father when I no longer had parents; he was also my "angel on earth" during the recent trials I have endured, always offering encouragement and support. I feel so blessed to have had one of the finest men that ever lived as a special part of my life. God bless you, Dick -- I will love you always and miss you immeasurably <3