Farming Rural 18

Willis "Turk" Allen

July 27, 1935 ~ March 23, 2020 (age 84)


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.

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Open Visitation Without Family Present
March 26, 2020

12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Armstrong Funeral Home
205 West Monroe St
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

March 27, 2020

Rose Hill Cemetery
Hwy 2
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

Private Services

Rose Hill Cemetery
Hwy 2
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

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