Funeral services for Edgar D. Allen, 87, of Aurelia were held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Missy Brown officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation was on Monday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
Edgar died on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee.
Edgar Dean Allen was born July 4, 1923, the son of Wilbur and Irma (Hiersche) Allen in Sac City. He attended school in Sac City, at High View, Afton, Brooke, and graduated from the Aurelia High School in 1940. On July 4, 1943 Edgar married Viola L. Fierk at the Congregational Church in Aurelia. He served in the US Army Air Corps as a radio operator on B-29's on the island of Tinian, with the rank of Staff Sgt. Edgar farmed until 1959 at which time he began a career as a salesman; first in insurance and finally as an automobile salesman retiring in 1981. A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, he served in numerous positions beginning with Sunday school superintendent just after graduating from high school. He also served at various times as a board member and Sunday school teacher.
Edgar was a member of Farm Bureau, Aurelia Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post #390, had served on City Council, and was one of six founders of the Aurelia Golf Club. He enjoyed golfing, motor cycles, boating, playing cards, watching children in sports, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding Edgar in death were his parents, one brother, Russell Allen, and one sister, Celesta Edwards.
Survivors include his wife Viola of Aurelia, three children, Mike and his wife Judy Allen of Kingsley, Denise Twiford and friend Kent Husted of Sioux City, and David and his wife Linda Allen of Boerne, Texas, nine grandchildren, Tara and husband Scott Sobek of Kanawha, Ben and wife Kerri Edwards of Harrisburg, S.D., Jennifer Zimmerman of Sioux City, Shawn Twiford of Sioux City, Chris and wife Faye Allen of Ankeny, Douglas Allen of Alta, Danielle and husband Fred Jackson of Hamburg, N.Y., Alison Spangler of San Antonio, Texas, and Kevin Spangler of Eugene, Org., twelve great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Kathleen Allen of Aurelia, brother-in-law Dick Edwards of Storm Lake, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.