Graveside service with military honors for Merrell “Dean” Allen, 87, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Pastor Don Ogden officiating.
Mr. Allen died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born May 9, 1923, in Neodesha, the son of Norris T. and Maurine O. Hunt Allen. He attended schools in Madison, Kan., and graduated from Madison High School in 1941. During World War II he served in the South Pacific Theatre as a naval aviator. Later he served as a flight instructor at Pensacola Naval Base during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Allen began working as an air traffic controller in Kansas City, Kan. He later owned and operated Allen’s News and Dean’s Books in downtown Lawrence for more than 40 years. He was a member of Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 of the American Legion, Lawrence.
He married Betty Jeanne Griffith on June 3, 1946, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Gary Allen and wife Lynda, Lawrence, and Tom Allen and wife Susan, Lecompton; a daughter, Cathy Rosebaugh and husband Dennis, Lawrence, grandchildren Justin and Nicole Allen and Caleb and Josh Rosebaugh and great-grandchildren Amante and Grady Allen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Allen.
Friends may call Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Douglas County VNA, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.