Max D. Allen

Max D. Allen, 85, of Parsons passed away at his home early Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.  

Max was born May 31, 1934, to Ralph and Lelia (Robbins) Allen at McCune, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from McCune High School in 1952. In 1957, Max entered the U.S. Army and served until his discharge in 1959.

Max was united in marriage to Alma Jean Garretson on Jan. 10, 1959, at Miami, Oklahoma. Following their marriage, he worked for Ralston Purina at Muskogee, Oklahoma, for about three years. He then began his career at the former Ankortite Co., later the Dayton-Superior Co., in Parsons, where he worked for over 45 years until his retirement.  

Max loved helping people. He especially enjoyed doing handiwork for people and attending his grandkids’ 4-H events. He had attended Center Bethel Church in the past.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Jean of the home; a son, Mark Allen and his wife, Teresa, of Seneca, Missouri; a son-in-law, Warren Earling of Scammon; three grandchildren, Piper Allen, Corbin Allen and his wife, Molly, and Crystal Hentzen and her husband, Mike; a granddaughter-in-law, Courtney Stangle; 10 great-grandchildren, Noah, Chandler and Sadie Miller, Huntyr, Reid, Caleb and Carter Hentzen and Laila, Kera and Madeline Haviland; two brothers, Bob Allen and his wife, Maxine, of Girard and Gaylen Allen of McCune; and a sister, Phyllis Brinard and her husband, Bob, of Palm Bay, Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Earling, who died July 6, 2017; his grandson, Jeremy Haviland, who died Oct. 31, 2015; as well as two brothers, Ralph and George, and a sister, Leanna.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, PO Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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