TUSCOLA — Jack Albin Allen, 92, of Tuscola, IL, passed away at 11:12 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the Tuscola Health Care Center. He was surrounded by his wife of 70 years, Wilma, and the very caring staff of Tuscola Health Care Center. Jack's family cannot adequately express their appreciation of the tenderness and love that helped Jack peacefully leave us.
Jack was born on October 27, 1926 in Newman, Illinois, the son of Ray and Lela Albin Allen. Jack was brought up on the family farm in Newman and loved farming his entire life. He was a graduate of Newman High School, where he played football, learned to play trombone, and worked hard to take care of his father and mother. Around 1947, Jack met Wilma Armstrong and convinced her to marry him in 1949. They continued to farm and teach until Jack was enlisted into the US Army and served in Germany. In 1953, their first daughter Debra was born; in 1958, their daughter Ginger (deceased) completed the family.
From the moment Jack returned home from the service, he continued to serve God, family, and country. Jack worked at USI, became a partner in the Tuscola John Deere dealership, and later started the Dodgehryslerlymouth dealership with Whitey Walker. He did all of these jobs at the same time. He was dedicated to making his family happy and safe.
In 1974 Jack was elected County Clerk for Douglas County and served in that position thru 1990. Prior to being County Clerk, Jack was a county board member and a Tuscola City Alderman.
He was 50 year member of Newman Masonic Lodge # 369 where he served as Worshipful Master and 50 year member of Tuscola Chapter # 66 Royal Arch Masons where he served as Excellent High Priest.
He loved playing golf, going to Florida, and visiting his daughters; especially when his grandsons, Spencer, son of Debra and Gus Smith, and Jack, son of Ginger and Mark Heretik came into the world. His grandsons adored their grandfather.
Jack loved his yard and taking care of his home. He planted many trees to “live past him” at both his home and at his church, Tuscola United Methodist Church.
Jack loved his hometown of Newman, his adopted town Tuscola, Douglas County, and the United States of America. He and Wilma were truly life partners and always shared with family and friends.
Jack loved refinishing antique farm toys and would work for hours in his man cave. He loved the I & I Club and never missed a meeting.
He loved his model trains, his ukuleles, and playing the piano. He was a trombonist in Gene Trimble's orchestra. Jack was a superb dancer and taught both daughters to dance while standing on his feet.
He rarely missed a weekday morning going to Flesor's Candy Kitchen for breakfast with Don, Red, Jim, Dale, and others. Then he would carry a very heavy bottle of quarters to the 9 o'clock game of the Sons of Retirement at the back table at Flesor's. Jack was a Paul Harris Fellow and longtime member of the Tuscola Rotary Club.
Jack is survived by his wife Wilma, daughter Debra, and grandsons Spencer A Smith, and Jack J Heretik. He was fortunate to be loved by his sister Martha Crane, nieces Connie, Doris, Becky, Linda, Rita, and Marsha, and nephews Ken, Steve, Jim, Mike, Jerry, Harry and Richard (Sexton).
The summary of Jack's life? He loved. He helped. He built. He will be so lovingly missed.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola, IL.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Tuscola United Methodist Church, 901 North Prairie Street, Tuscola, IL with Rev. Terri Haas officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairfield Cemetery, north of Newman, Illinois with military graveside rites accorded.
Memorials may be made to either the Tuscola Health Care Center, SAM Food Pantry or Carle Hospice.