Norman Howard Allen

Norman Allen

Norman Allen

Norman Howard Allen of Adams passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, October 12, 2020. Norman “Norm” who was a lifelong resident of Adams County was well known in the community and will be missed by many.

Graveside service, with Masonic Rites, will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15. 2020 at the Mt. Repose Cemetery, Friendship, Wisconsin. Rev. John K. Stake will officiate.

Norman was born on December 15, 1933 in Richfield Wisconsin to Mark (Coon) and Myrtle Lyons Allen. Norm graduated from the Adams-Friendship High School in 1951. He married Esther B. Johnson on September 07, 1954, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Together they had six children. Randy (Linda) Allen, Vicki (Andy) Kolff, Dan (Channin) Allen, Cindy (Tim) Mickelson, Lori Allen-Mitchell, and John (Yvonne) Allen. Norman and Esther built and made a home for their family in Adams.

From an early age, Norman worked alongside his father, uncles, and brothers, mastering carpentry, plumbing, and electrical skills. He used these skills in many trades throughout his life. As a teen, he worked as a film projectionist at the Adams Theater. He also spent time working on a mink farm and working at the Nekoosa Paper Mill. Norm signed on with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the 1950’s with his brother Lyle. While working for the railroad Norm also ran the Standard Station in Friendship. Years later Norm and Esther purchased the Standard Station in Adams. Norm ran Allen’s Amoco with the help of his eldest son Randy. After retirement, he drove a potato truck for Wagner Farms. And was also a Transport driver for the Adams County Sheriffs Department.

Norm was a lifelong volunteer contributing to several organizations to include the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Adams Volunteer Fire Department, and the Lions. Norm served as Potentate of the Shriners in 1999. He worked tirelessly for the Shrine Hospitals transporting children for care. He also enjoyed his time as a member of the “Heart of Wisconsin” club.

His skills were numerous and were shared and passed on to his kids, a few of which were Carpentry, Electrical, and Mechanics which became the life-long job skills of several kids, particularly Randy and Dan. All his children and grandkids benefited from learning the meaning of honest hard work, telling the truth, and taking pride in all that you do.

His favorite past times that he enjoyed and shared with family and friends for many years, was golfing and bowling, and attending car shows. Iola Car Show was his favorite which he attended for over 20 years with one of his sons John Allen since 1992.

He is survived by Betty Gillingham. His Children: Randy Allen; Vicki (Allen) Kolff; Daniel Allen; Cindy (Allen) Mickelson; and Lori (Allen) Mitchell and John Allen. A Brother Jim (Phyllis) Allen. Also, many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by His wife Esther (B Johnson) Allen; parents, Mark (Coon) and Myrtle (Lyons) Allen; brothers, Lyle Allen; Irvin Allen and David Allen and a sister, Dorothy (Allen) Sindelar.

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  1. Dana Gorsuch says:

    To the allen family and Betty so sorry for your loss.

  2. Charles s Page says:

    so sorry for your loss norm was great man and a good father. my heart goes out to you all he will be greatly missed.

  3. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I send our deepest sympathies to the Allen family.

  4. Sheila Romell says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the family. Norman was a wonderful person and a true asset to our community. He had a very kind soul. He will be missed so much by his family and friends. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Delbert & Patty (Bork) Renner says:

    Our Deepest Sympathies, to Betty and the Allen Family. Lots of good memories growing up, with all of you.

  6. Vernon Rhinehart says:

    Deepest sympathy to the Allen family

  7. Lois and Herb Babcock says:

    Our condolences go out to the family of Norm. He will be missed.

  8. Ruth & Harvey Peterson says:

    Our sincere sympathies to Betty and the Allen families.

  9. Sandy Herfel (Johnson) says:

    I am so sorry for your loss…Norm was a wonderful person and loved by many!!! I will say a special prayer for by transport partner!!!

  10. ROB HOLT says:

    So sorry to hear this. I have many fond memories of him kicking a few back with my father.

  11. Lloyd and Pam VanBeek says:

    To the Allen family so sorry for your loss. He was a very kind man.

  12. Kathie and Jerry Dye says:

    Our most sincere sympathies to the entire family. Norm always had a smile to share and it was evident the love he had for his family. He will be missed by many.

  13. Kay Olson-Martz says:

    My deepest sympathy with the loss of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was such a special man in our community. You certainly can be proud of him. May the Great Spirit above, along with our Heavenly Father hold all of you ever so close and give you comfort during this time. Hold close your memories as they will help you in the weeks, months and years to come.

  14. Lavonne Scott says:

    So sorry to hear of this fine man leaving I. Such a friendly good man who raised a very special family . My sympathy.

  15. Chuck and Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    To Norms family and friends, Our most sincere condolences are being sent your way. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  16. Richard & Rita Zietlow says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to each and everyone of his family members. Cherish his memories we had many good times with Norm and Betty the last few was with the railroad club, he had that great conductors uniform. Rest in pease my friend

  17. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    Heartbroken for you all..Hugs and prayers.

  18. Shawna gruber says:

    John and family so sorry for your loss..

  19. Jim and Ardy Olson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. A wonderful family!

  20. Ron and Carol Johnson says:

    Cindy and all,
    You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Cherish the memories because there are lots of good times which shall put smiles on your faces. Ron and I have tons of memories from the good old days at the fire department with Kay and Richard Holt, Tom and Rita Robertson and your mom and dad. Norm lived an awesome life and created an wonderful family. God Bless you all at this time.

  21. Sue (Davis) Anderson says:

    My deepest sympathy to Norm’s Family. He was a great fixture in the community.

  22. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    Condolences to norms family and friends and special condolences to classmate Betty from someone who knows the loss of a partner,

  23. Roger Babcock says:

    We are so sorry for your families loss. We enjoyed spending time with both your mom and dad and the shriners. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Roger and Diane Babcock

  24. Allen J Baumgartner Sr says:

    So sorry for your loss ,Norman was a good man he will be missed by all . RIP .

  25. Ray and Karen Groskinsky says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this hard time

  26. Julie Goodhue says:

    So sad to hear of Norm’s passing; such a kind and gentle guy. Many good times spent at his home during my high school years with my friend, his daughter Vicki. My thoughts are with Vicki and Betty and his family. Hugs.

  27. Coral Smith says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to Betty and all the Allen family, especially Vicki and Cindy.
    Love and peace to you all.

  28. Ken & Linda Koehn says:

    Please accept our sympathy, I always enjoyed the time I spent with Norm and had a great respect for his opinions and beliefs. Rest in Peace my friend.

  29. Pete and Pam Abfall says:

    Condolences on your loss. Your dad was such a wonderful man! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  30. Peggy Sleeman says:

    I am so sorry for the families loss. You can take comfort in he is at peace now. Norm will leave a void in many hearts that no one will be able fill. He will be missed by many, many, especially his family. RIP Norm. Love to each and everyone of you kids.

  31. Gordon and Marie Whitemarsh says:

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Norm was a great guy. I had no idea Norm had six kids, way to go Norm, what a great family, beautiful obituary, prayers go out to all his family.

  32. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss. May God family and friends comfort you during this difficult time

  33. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  34. Patti Rhinehart says:

    Deepest sympathy to all of the family. He was a kind and gentle man. Cherish the memories

  35. Laurel Falash says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you all. One of the kindest soft spoken men I ever had the privilege of working with. Norm was a special man with love and loyalty to his community and family. Rest in peace dear Norm