71-year-old Eddie Ray Allen of Dahlgren passed away Saturday January 25th, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
He was born in Hamilton County to the parents of Earl and Pearl (Klinker) Allen. He was a graduate of Dahlgren High School.
Ed proudly served in as a Medic during the Vietnam War having earned three Purple Hearts and a Siler Star. He worked for the State of Illinois until his retirement.
On May 8th, 1970, he married Dawn Rae Haile and they were looking forward to celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary this Spring.
They are the parents of a daughter Susan (Chad) Shull of Santa Fe, New Mexico and a son Gorden Allen of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He is also survived by four grandsons Justin (Liz) Allen, Sabe Luttengger, Johnathon Allen and Zark Allen and one granddaughter Cortney Shull and two great grandsons. Also survived is his mother-in-law Mary Haile, Brother Roger (Dorothy) Allen, sister Shirley VanWinkle and one brother-in-law Tim (Pat) Haile, sisters-in-law Sharon (Vince) Mitchell and Crista (Alan) Grewe as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a father-in-law Harold Haile, three brothers Lee, Paul, and Ernie Allen and a sister Nadine Engle.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 11:00am at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren. Rev. Don Haile will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00am until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.
Memorials may be made to the Richardson Hill Cemetery and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home. Graveside Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #106 and a US Army Honors Team.
Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren is in charge of all the arrangements.