Kenneth Allen

Kenneth Davies Allen

Saturday, April 13th, 1935 Saturday, April 18th, 2020

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Obituary for Kenneth Davies Allen

On April 18, 2020 Kenneth D. Allen departed for the wild blue yonder. He leaves behind his old cars, dogs, horses, tractors, the farm he built and loved, three moderately functional children and his beloved wife of 62 years, Rosanne.

Born to Eliza and Kenneth C. Allen on April 13, 1935 in Dayton Ohio, Ken was a brilliant man and a talented engineer. He went to Oakwood High School and graduated magna cum laude at the top of his class from Purdue University. His engineering career took him from Hobart where he worked for seventeen years to Mac Tools and finally to his own business, K&R Technologies where he did innovative projects for his clients until the last few weeks of his life.

Some of his more interesting engineering feats included building his own car from the ground up in his basement, a masterpiece later featured in Road and Track magazine. He also built a fully operational railroad handcar and took his friends on many harrowing adventures on active train tracks. He built bridges and boats and barn doors. He liked machines and motorcycles. He could fix anything, and no mechanical problem was too puzzling. He loved model trains, real trains, covered bridges and old things of all kinds. He taught his kids how to drive a stick shift, how to light a fire, how to be polite, and how to see the humor in life. He showed them how to build and create and stick with it and how to appreciate nature. He loved music, and his family grew up to a soundtrack of Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and Joan Baez. He loved car races, fixing cars, driving cars, car people and antique cars. Recalling Ken, it’s hard not to picture him cranking a fussy Model T into reluctant action or with his head under the hood of a moody Corvair.

Ken always encouraged Rose's love of riding. He was proud of her accomplishments and cared for their horses and ponies by her side. Later in life, he became interested in antique buggies, and he and Rose enjoyed driving together. Among all his interests, the adventures and achievements of his grandchildren were his favorite topic of conversation.

Ken passed after an illness that was probably long but seemed short to all who knew him because he never complained. He expressed gratitude for his family, his friends, his neighbors and all who cared for him to the very end.

He is survived by his wife, Rosanne, his younger brother Ned Allen and his wife Suzie, his children, Terry, Jim and Cathy and their spouses, Steve, Michelle and Bill. He will be fondly and epically remembered by his grandchildren, Randy, Ben, Ryan, Elizabeth and Carol.

A lifelong member of his very own church of the great outdoors, Ken adamantly did not want a funeral. His remains will be placed at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio alongside his beloved parents.

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    Woodland Cemetery - Dayton
    118 Woodland Ave.
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In respect for Ken's wishes there will be no services. Because of COVID-19 and the social distancing that is mandated, we would like to encourage you to support his family by sending a condolence, planting a tree, or share a story about Ken here on his online Book of Memories.

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Troy Brown

Ken Allen was such an important person in my life. I'll miss him greatly.
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Troy Brown

Ken Allen had a significant impact on my life and I will always be grateful for our friendship. He definitely is the person who I call my mentor as an engineer. We worked together on projects at American Tool Company and Mason Company. I will always cherish our conversations. I learned so much from my friend Ken. He would always love talking and sharing about family updates too. My condolences to Rose and the family.
with love,
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Robert Fahrendorf

I have had the pleasure of knowing Ken Allen for most of my adult life. His mother and mine were lifelong friends. Liza and Ken Sr., shared a friendship with my parents for as long as I can remember. Ken and Rose have shown my family the same warmth and caring for more than three decades. Ken and I have shared the joy and frustration of dealing with farm equipment, British cars, and boats, both power and sail. His keen intellect and sense of humor will be truly missed. Enjoy "The Wild Blue Yonder" my friend. With our deepest condolences.
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