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Bernard Allen Lenox

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 8:00 a.m. CDT

Bernard Allen, 94, of Lenox died March 25, 2013, at Lenox Care Center.

Celebration of life services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 29, at the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola at 2 p.m. with military rites. Ritchie Funeral Home,124 S. Main St., Lenox, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Lenox Sports Complex. Online condolences may be left at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com.

Bernard Delno Allen, son of Nettie Victoria (Hiatt) and Jobe Harmon Allen, was born Oct. 1, 1918, in Ackworth.

He attended grade school in Ackworth and graduated from Indianola High School in 1935.

Bernard was a member of Ackworth Friends Church, where he married Ruth Norris on June 18, 1940.

Bernard worked for Hartzler Electric and Peck Electric Shop in Indianola beforemoving to Omaha, Neb., in 1943. There he was employed in the groundtest department of Glenn L. Martin Nebraska Company, which manufacturedthe B-26 Bomber.

In 1944, Bernard enlisted in the U.S. Navy being discharged as an AETM 2C petty officer.

He then moved to Osceola, where he and his brother Eldon started AllenRadio and Electric Shop.

In 1960, Bernard started substituting for a rural carrier with the Osceola Post Office,and in 1967 was appointed as a city carrier. In 1977, he was appointedpostmaster in Prescott. He retired in October 1992.

While living in Osceola, Bernard joined the Methodist Church, served on thecity council, fire department, chamber of commerce and country clubboard.

On Nov. 28, 1976, Bernard married Jean Frances (Slocum) Gordon.

Bernard was a past master of Osceola Masonic Lodge and past patron of OphirChapter OES. He served the Grand Lodge of Iowa as junior grand deaconin 1971, junior grand warden in 1978 and deputy grand master in 1990.

Bernard is survived by his sons, Bernard D. Allen Jr. (Liz) of ExcelsiorSprings, Mo., and Lee H. Allen (Cheryl) of Hilltop Lakes, Texas;daughter Abbie S. Allen (Kevin Brooks) of Grimes; stepdaughters,Cynthia J. Baker (Galen) of Clearfield, Kathy M. Brown (Gary) of Lenoxand Christie K. Brown (Bill) of Lenox; sister-in-law Elaine Tobis ofDes Moines; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and a host ofnieces and nephews.

Bernard was preceded in death by his wives; brothers, Eldon and Ivan Allen; sister Marie Eggars; daughter Jane Allen; stepdaughter Connie Gordon and grandsonRobert Lee Allen.

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