Franklin Alouysius "Al" Allen
June 9, 1928 - January 20, 2014
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|Franklin Alouysius Allen, or “Al” as most of you knew him was a loving husband, father, grandfather and in recent years, a great-grandfather, who taught our family the importance of helping others and being involved in our community. Although he rarely spoke about his life, here’s a little bit of his story.
Born on June 9, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, Al was adopted by his parents, Roy S. & Anna May Allen. He left before completing high school to work for his father’s trucking company. He later earned his GED, in his late fifties.
Al joined the Army in June of 1946 as a Telephone & Telegraph Lineman. Four months after joining the service, Al was sent to fight in the Korean war for 23 months. During his service he achieved the rank of Corporal and earned the Army Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and a President Testimonial (Letter of Appreciation from Pres. Harry S. Truman). In 1949 Al was honorably discharged.
After his military service, Al returned to Missouri for work, and made friends with Ralph Kavanaugh in their Catholic Singles Group. Through Ralph, Al met the love of his life, Rose Louise Kavanaugh, or “Dede.” They married in Richwoods, MO, on November 21st, 1953, and moved to Kansas City to start their family.
Al & Dede, had three children, Mike, Dan & Anne Marie, all born in Kansas City. As parents, they continued to be involved in their church and community, acting as volunteers and leaders. Some of the organizations they worked with include The Salvation Army, The Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire Girls, Knights of Columbus, and The UAW Local 710 Union & retirees. This included spending many summers vacationing with the boys at Boy Scout Camp in Osceola, MO. There he became a MIC-O-SAY warrior, and earned his Wood badge certification.
Dede was a homemaker, caring for their children, and volunteering in the community, while Al provided for the family. Al worked for Kentworth & Dart Truck Company for almost 40 years. He was 11th in seniority when they closed the plant in 1985. After the truck company, Al went to work for the Kansas City School Board until his retirement.
Al & Dede enjoyed traveling and visiting their family. They took many bus trips and made many friends. He was very outgoing and gregarious, making friends wherever he went.
Throughout his retirement, Al became even more involved in the Catholic church, clowning with the Knights of Columbus, administering communion to the sick as a Eucharistic Minister, and participating in church services. He earned the 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus, and a lifetime recognition for 50 years of membership.
We all find comfort in the fact that he is now reunited in heaven with the love of his life, Rose, and his eldest son, Michael, and all who preceded him in death. He is loved and missed by his surviving relatives, his children Dan & Dolly Allen, Anne Marie Shellenberger, and Lynn Allen, his 7 grandchildren, their families, 8 great-grandchildren, and the many friends he made along the way.