Charles Allen, 74, of Anna, died Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at his home in Anna.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1945, in Alto Pass, the son of Howard and Helen Allen.
He married Betty Ellis of Murphysboro. They had a son, Charles Allen of Dayton, Ohio. He then married Jean Taylor of Flora and they had two sons, Chuck Allen of Jacksonville, N.C., and Richard Allen of Terre Haute, Ind. He later married Judy Allen and they had a son, Jonathan Allen of Indiana.
He served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Vietnam War. He worked in the log woods and factories when he was younger and worked as a CNA for many years until retiring.
He loved God, his family and animals, which he referred to as ‘his babies.” He insisted on feeding his squirrels, rabbits and birds that played in his yard and spent a lot of time watching them.
He loved life, people and enjoyed going for drives in his pickup and car. He also loved going out to eat, especially to Texas Roadhouse.
He is survived by his son, Charles Allen and three grandchildren; son Chuck Allen (Lupe); stepgrandchild Breanna; son Richard Allen; grandchild Victoria; son Jonathan Allen; siblings Shirley Myers (Bill) of Fairfield, Patricia Dunston (Danny) of Creve Coeur, Elizabeth Glasford (Philip) of Anna and Diana Cargill (Leroy) of Dongola; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Hope Allen; three sisters, Sandra Dixon, Ruth Allen and Brenda Allen; and two brothers, Roger Allen and Doug Allen.
Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Groups of 50 people at a time were allowed in to pay their respects.
Private family funeral services were held at the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Interment followed in Mission Chapel Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the VFW’s Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of Anna and the Illinois honor guard.
Following the interment, there was a funeral dinner held at the home of Diane and Leroy Cargill, 185 Little Creek Loop, Dongola.
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Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.