David I. Allen
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VERNON- David I. Allen, 81 a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, died peacefully on Friday November 17, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he was surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Allen and his wife Cammie had recently relocated to Vernon to be nearer their son Shawn. Born at home in Jacksonville to Myron W. and Wilhelmina (Aherns) Allen on May 19, 1936, he grew up on the family farm in Jacksonville where he attended the local school and was a 1955 graduate of Whitingham High School. Following high school Mr. Allen continued his education at Vermont Agricultural School (now Vermont Tech). Upon graduation he realized he didn’t want to be a farmer and pursued other interests. He worked as a heating technician for Guy Nido for many years. Following retirement he kept busy with his home repair business, driving a school bus for Twin Valley, and as a part-time MOOver driver.

Mr. Allen was a dedicated member of Unity Lodge #89 F&AM, where he served in every capacity including master, and he had been lodge secretary since 1988. Mr. Allen was also a dedicated member of the Cairo Temple Shriners of Rutland where he served as marshall. He also served as justice of the peace and married several couples, including his granddaughters. Mr. Allen enjoyed helping out with bingo at the Brattleboro Shrine Hall each Monday. He had bowled at the North Star Bowl for more than 30 years and was a member of one of the original teams in the league, the Haystackers. Mr. Allen was an avid gardener and will be remembered for his fantastic sense of humor, always ready with a joke, and being a great family man who adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He leaves his wife Cammie (Willett) Allen, whom he married at the Jacksonville Community Church on August 19, 1972; sons Mark (Kristina) Allen, of Claremont, NH, and Shawn (Lisa) Allen, of Vernon; daughter Jeanne Allen, of California; sisters Mary Rauschenbach, of Broad Brook, CT, Stella Stevens, of Jacksonville, and Harriet Maynard, of Wilmington; grandchildren Joanna (Jon) Burdick, Nicole (Chris Cole) Martinez, Jennifer Bailey, Elijah Allen, Dalton Allen, and Marissa Alex Allen; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by brothers Myron Allen Jr. and Richard Allen.

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Allen with Masonic Rites will be held on December 2 at 11 am at the auditorium at Twin Valley Middle High School in Whitingham. Burial will take place in the spring in the Jacksonville Village Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, MA, in care of the Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

To send personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
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