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Willis "Turk" Allen
Willis Dain Allen, (Turk), 84, died Monday March 23, 2020 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center, Mount Ayr Iowa.
Born July 27,1935 and raised in rural Diagonal, Turk was the son of Cecil and Lois (Baker) Allen and a lifelong resident of Ringgold County where he did not know a stranger. On August 6, 1960 Turk was united in marriage to Luella Kay Pyle where two children were born to this union. Turk was a member of the Tingley Christian Church and the Tingley Lions.
Turk attended Knowlton school and Jefferson #6 and graduated from Diagonal Community High School in 1953. After graduating Turk served 2 years in the Army then worked multiple jobs, working at Bastow Feed and Grain in Mount Ayr, Mount Ayr sale barn, farm hand for Harrison Link and Lowell Hickman, did multiple tasks while working at Tingley Farm Supply, and retired from the maintenance department at the Ringgold County Hospital in July 2000.
Turk had a passion for woodworking, where he spent many hours creating multiple treasures in his “pop shop” on Main Street in Tingley. Turk also loved the town of Tingley and spent countless hours volunteering his time and talents to help with whatever needed attention. Another passion was spending time on his lawn mower where you would often find him mowing lawns or just riding around town. In his retirement years his most prized passion was the love for his Oliver tractors that he took utmost pride in riding in tractor rides & parades.
He was survived by his son, Buddy (Mari Bailey) Allen of Tingley, Iowa; daughter Tami (Kevin) Blunt of Stanton, Iowa; twin sister Lois Anne (late husband David) Sobotka of Mount Ayr, Iowa, sister Kay (Lloyd) Drake of Tingley, Iowa; 3 grandsons; Shane (Jessica) Miller, Grain Valley, Mo; Justin (fiancé Katie) Miller, Stanton, Iowa, Easton Blunt, Stanton, Iowa; 2 step grandsons & 2 step granddaughters; 2 great grandsons, 2 step-great grandsons; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife Kay Allen, parents Cecil and Lois Allen, in laws, Bud and Fern Pyle, and other various family members.
Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Health Care Center and the town of Tingley.
So sorry for your loss. I met Turk when I was in sixth grade at a roller skating party. I fell and broke my arm and Turk went with me to doctor. When my dad went to nursing home, Turk was his first roommate, I asked him if he remembered me and we talked about it. I will miss seeing him on my visit to nursing home.
Diane Mercer Stephenson Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM
I remember all the times my freshman year Turk would meet me in Tingley to take me to early morning basketball practice. The rides were always fun with Turk. Condolences to his family. You are blessed to have all the great memories with him.
Raymond Shields Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss Buddy talked highly about his dad I wish that I could have met him important but Nevillelove you buddy thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Joe rockwell Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM
I worked at Ringgold county Hospital when I first knew Turk. He was in maintenance and kept busy with that. He was in the Health Care the last I saw him, and was a roommate of Jake Powell. I have good thoughts of him, and ask God to comfort the family, and I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda Barber Mar 25 2020 12:00 AM
I pray for my dear close friend Tami and her family at this time of loss. Turk was always there to support his family especially after the passing of Kay. He went to watch all the boys play sports and gave them support. I pray for strength to guide you through this difficult time for all of you. Now, Turk is in peace and kicking up his heels with Kay. May God give you peace when you think of all the fun times and laughs you all shared. Rest in Peace Turk. Lori and Mark Reed
firstname.lastname@example.org Mar 25 2020 12:00 AM
I worked with him for a few yrs when I was younger, helped do his chores on the farm while he was in field. Spent a lot of time with Turk and Kay
Dennis Henry Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM