Russell Fredrick Allen, 97, of Centralia, KS died peacefully Thursday morning, March 15, 2012 at the Onaga Community Hospital.
Russell was born February 19, 1915 at Corning, Kansas the son of Byron Edward Allen and Edith Ceona (Dabner) Allen. He graduated from Corning High School in 1934. Following high school Russell and Wava Jane Shoemaker were married on November 15, 1936 in Centralia, Kansas.
Russell and Wava farmed in Corning for two years following their marriage. They moved to the Centralia area and farmed there for 68 years. Russell owned and operated the Centralia Hardware Store for two years. Russell raised two girls and three boys in the Centralia community. He had stayed active in farming, fishing, and hunting the majority of his life. He served on the FHA Board for two years, the Whitehall School Board for one year, and was a director of the 1st National Bank of Centralia for 36 years. He had been a church member in the Centralia area for 36 years.
Russell is preceded in death by his wife Wava Jane who died April 26, 2003, a grandson Steven F. Allen; a brother Elton R. Allen, and a sister Josie V. (Allen) Hilbert.
He is survived by two daughters, Joy Diane Polson, of Lawrence, Kansas and Judy Jo Byrne of Riverside, Missouri; three sons, David Russell Allen of Pine Haven, Wyoming, Richard Lynn Allen of Centralia, Kansas and Gregory Wayland Allen of Centralia, Kansas; 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia, Kansas. Pastor David R. Allen will conduct the services. Julie Gleason will play the organ and Rheta Matson will sing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Daddy’s Hands”. Burial will be in the Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, Kansas. Casket bearers are Mark Allen, Thad Polson, Geoff Byrne, Ryan Allen, Rusty Allen, Dusty Allen, Aaron Polson and Richard Allen.
A family visitation will be Monday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home in Centralia, Kansas.
Memorials are being left to the Country Place Senior Living in Seneca and may be sent in care of the Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home (Mailing address: 814 Castle, Seneca, Kansas, 66538)