John Arthur "Art" William Allen (1909-2004)


John Arthur "Art" William Allen of Craig died May 19, 2004, at his home. He was 95.

Allen was born March 25, 1909, in Huntley, Neb.

Allen was 18 months old when his family moved to the Lower Big Gulch area of Northwest Colorado and homesteaded where the family ranch is located. He attended his early years of school at Upper Big Gulch and attended high school in Rawlins, Wyo.

Allen married Leona on Dec. 9, 1934, in Fayetteville, Ark. They lived in Arkansas for two years and he raised cotton. They returned to Craig where he remained until his death, except for six years in Chandler, Ariz., where he worked as a mechanic for J.I. Case Co., and also as a test driver for International Harvester. Allen's life's work in Craig was as a cattle rancher and wheat farmer. He was a very patient person and enjoyed using hand tools, woodworking and fixing older farm machinery and toys. He was a lifetime member of the Big Gulch Community Club and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Allen is survived by his daughters Anna Marie (Bill) Rippy of Craig, Claystil (Ed) Gibson of Dewey, Ariz., and Faye Salazar of Grand Junction; son, John (Mary Lou) Allen of Craig; 20 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Robert Miner of Casper, Wyo.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leona; a daughter, Edith Miner; and a grandson, Edward Gibson.

Services were May 24, 2004, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Craig, with Bishop Robert Lancaster conducting. The organist was Anne Carr, the soloist was Wanda Brown, and the opening prayer was given by Lorence Ellgen. The hymn was "How Great Thou Art," the speaker was Gary Ellgen, and the closing prayer was given by Lewis Livingston.

Pallbearers were Clyde VanWey, Bill Gibson, Dan Miner, Wade Allen, David Hawks and Lynn Allen.

Honorary pallbearers were Tony VanWey, Kenneth Miner, Tom Hawks, Kevin Patton, Dwayne Miner, Jeff Rippy and Scott Rippy.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moffat County Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association, in care of Grant Mortuary.

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