Robert J. “Bob” Allen – McKinney, TX; formerly of Manchester

Robert Joseph “Bob” Allen, 91, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at his residence in McKinney.  He was born on October 6, 1927, in Lamont, the son of Loney and Mary (Hilby) Allen.  Bob was raised and educated in the Lamont area and graduated from Aurora High School in 1946.  He then served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War.  After his service, Bob attended DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Illinois, for two years.


On August 6, 1955, Bob was united in marriage to Dorothy Cassutt in Elkader.  They resided in Manchester for 62 years where they raised their two daughters. Bob worked for Peoples Natural Gas in Manchester for 25 years. After retirement, Bob and Dorothy enjoyed wintering in California and Arizona for over 20 years. The couple moved to McKinney, Texas, in 2017, to be closer to family.


Bob was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the St. Mary Parish Council, and served on the St. Mary School Board. Bob enjoyed golfing, traveling, driving nice cars, and helping on the family farm. Bob especially loved spending time with his family.


Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy Allen of McKinney, Texas; his two daughters, Julie (John) Becker of Alto, Michigan and Jean (Bob) Possehl of McKinney, Texas; four grandchildren, Joe (Hang) Becker, Sam (Erica) Becker, Ellen (Jake) Whitehurst, and Scott Possehl; three great-granddaughters, Hannah Becker, Olivia Becker, and Claire Becker; one great-grandson on the way; one brother, Lynn (Rosemary) Allen of Florissant, Missouri; one sister, Marsha (Richard) Long of Solon, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Loney and Mary Allen; two brothers, Mel Allen and Beryl Allen; and three sisters, Evelyn Hall, Mary Cannon, and Joyce Slick.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary Catholic School.


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Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.


Visitation:  9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester.


Inurnment:  St. Mary Catholic Cemetery  – Manchester, Iowa