Dale E. Allen
Dale E. Allen, 89, New London, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the New London Nursing and Rehab Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Elliott Chapel, New London. The Rev. Dean Graber will officiate. Military Rites will be presented by the Henry County Honor Guard. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will begin after noon on Monday, March 3, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials have been established to the New London Veteran Memorial Park and the New London Fire and Rescue.
Born Oct. 16, 1924, in Des Moines County, he was the son of John Wasson and Pearl Marie Hale Allen. On April 6, 1947, he married Blanche Garrels in Mt. Pleasant. She preceded him in death.
He was a 1943 graduate of New London High School and enlisted in the Navy in 1944 during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer. He was of the Christian faith.
He enjoyed horses, horse racing, horseshoe pitching, bowling, watching Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball and playing pitch and pinochle. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in Canada and being outdoors.
Survivors include two sons, Chuck Allen of Danville, and James (Patricia) Allen of New London; two daughters, Dalene (Steve) Pickle and Connie Housman both of New London; 11 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ione Sater; and one brother, Clair Allen.