R. Eugene "Gene" Allen
December 6, 1925 - June 12, 2012
. . . enjoyed woodworking, especially marquetry.
R. Eugene “Gene” Allen, Sr., 86, passed away on Tuesday (June 12, 2012) at Wellsville Manor Care Center.
Mr. Allen was born on Dec. 6, 1925 in Hornell to John R. and Alpha (Brown) Allen. He was a 1944 graduate of Hornell High School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Euryale during WWII from 1944 to 1946. On July 25, 1948, he married Edith Mae Barrett, who predeceased him on Oct. 19, 1983. On Dec. 30, 1984, in Alfred, he married Waneta Ann Perry Ormsby, who survives.
Gene worked as an elevator mechanic for Eastern Elevator Company in Miami Fla. from 1957 until his retirement in 1982.
In addition to his second wife, Waneta, he is survived by two daughters, Deborah Allen (Duc) Button and Paula Allen (Andy) Erman, both of Everett, Wash.; a son, Richard Eugene Allen, Jr. of Lake Wales, Fla.; two sisters, Barbara (Bob) Baker of Alfred and Beverly (Woody) Schmidt of Almond; four step-sons, Arthur (Esther) Ormsby of Rochester, E. Allen (Mary) Ormsby of Andover, Gary (Janice) Ormsby of Ithaca and David Ormsby of Alfred Station; a step-daughter, Patricia (James) Brutsman of Cynthiana, Ky.; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his first wife, Edith Mae, he was predeceased by a brother, John “Jack” Allen.
Gene enjoyed woodworking, especially marquetry. He liked to crochet afghans, make jewelry and square dance. He had a deep sense of patriotism and was blessed with a great sense of humor. But more than these, Gene was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, who loved his family with great devotion.
Per his request, there will be no prior visitation. There will be a private memorial service at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover at the convenience of the family.