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William J Allen
(11-15-1920 - 07-23-2014)

William J. Allen - Born Nov. 15, 1920 in Salina, KS. Passed away at age 93 on July 23, 2014 in Belvidere. Son of William Raymond and Grace Vanatta Allen. Preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, June Beatrice Allen nee Riego and his in-laws Edwin and Gertrude Riego nee Wagner and four sisters: Norma (Howard) Kral, Frances (Lawrence) Bates, Doris Lawson, and Patricia (Jack) Sethman. Bill was a devoted family man who was supportive of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by three children: Chere (Lester) Morrison, Leonard (Jane) Allen and Suzan Allen. Six grandchildren: Marissa Morrison (Dr. William Alba), Stephanie (Brad) Jarrett, Ross, Scott and Catherine Allen and William Sieracki; and five great grandchildren: Beatrice and Solomon Alba; Adelynn, Brynna and Corinne Jarrett. He graduated from Salina High School and North Park College in Chicago. William enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served in the Navy from Dec. 1941 - Sept. 1945. He was trained in aviation mechanics at Navy Pier, Chicago and then served in the Pacific Theater. Eventually, he became a Chief Petty Officer and served as a supervisor of preflight checks and maintenance in Hutchinson, KS. He then served 8 years in the Naval Reserves at Glenview Naval Air Base and was in charge of 120 Navy personnel. After working many years as an electrical engineer he became Director of Construction and Maintenance for Marshall Field & Co. where he was part of a team that planned and coordinated the completion of the Park Forest store and the construction of Old Orchard, Mayfair (WI), Oakbrook, River Oaks, Woodfield, Vernon Hills, Aurora, Cherryvale, Water Tower Place, Orland Park, Stratford Square, Joliet and Spring Hill. At age 65, he signed on for seven more years to be Director of the acclaimed State Street Renovation Project. Bill spent most of his adult life in Evanston and Elgin, Illinois. He was a member of the 1st United Methodist Churches in both towns. He was a member of Evanston Elks Lodge - BPOE #1316 and served as Exalted Ruler in 1967. He was a founding member of the Evanston Yacht Club and a member of the Evanston Power Squadron. He sponsored several Junior Achievement groups. Bill enjoyed bowling, golfing, water skiing and, in later years, Bocce Ball, Pinochle and traveling when he lived in Sun City in Huntley, IL. In his eighties, Bill visited the Naval Memorial in Washington, DC and attended several high school and WWII reunions. Funeral services will take place on Sunday, July 27 at Laird Funeral Home, 120 S. Third St. West Dundee, Illinois at 6:30 PM. A visitation will take place from 4:00 PM until the time of service. A graveside service will take place on Monday, July 28 at 10:00 AM at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Center for Sight and Hearing PO Box 5944 Rockford, Illinois 61125. For more information (847) 836-8770 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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