Kenneth Lee Allen was born April 2, 1956 in Mitchell to Donald and Shirley (Brookbank) Allen. He attended school and graduated Mitchell High School in 1974. He attended the University of South Dakota in Springfield. On October 18, 1975 he married Susan Pethoud in Mitchell. He worked at Owatonna Manufacturing. He was employed at Trail King Industries from 1981-2009. He was a fulltime fishing guide with Allen’s Guide Service and was employed by American Garage Door. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters: Jamie Haug and husband, Erik, Sioux Falls and Amber Allen of Mitchell; two grandchildren: Ethan and Evan Haug, Sioux Falls; five sisters: Patty Brown and husband, Gil of Lewisville, TX, Mitzie Johnson and husband, Brian of Mitchell, Sandy McKillop and husband, Mark, Gillette, WY, Becky Riggs and husband, Kevin of Mitchell, Cindy Bussmus and husband, Gary of Mitchell; four brothers: Ron Allen and wife, Lori of Sanger, TX, Dave Allen and wife, Julie, Mitchell, SD, Dan Allen and wife, Lori of Mitchell, SD, Tim Allen and wife, Cindy of Mitchell, SD; his mother, Shirley Hammrich of Mitchell and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Lennie Hammrich and his grandparents, Bruce and Alberta Allen Sr.
Memorial Fund has been established to Life Quest and Shriner's Hospitals for Children
entry posted by donny trebil on 12-03-2010
i am so sadden to hear about kenny, when i was little i ran around with his younger brothers,Danny, David, and Tim.I always looked up to Kenny, he was kooler than kool, i remember when he broke his leg in high school, i knew then mitchell wasn't going to win the football championship without him.Danny, David, Tim, i feel for you .
entry posted by Rob and Lloyd Bender on 12-01-2010
So very sorry to hear about Kenny's passing. He was a guy that always had a smile on his face and a fishing story to tell. But he would never tell my dad (Lloyd) where the fish were biting. Kenny was just being Kenny and we will miss him. May God give you comfort in your time of sorrow.
entry posted by Lonnie and Mary Bollock on 11-30-2010
Sue and Family,
It broke our hearts to hear about Kenny and we are so very sorry we could not be there with you and the entire Allen Family to grieve with you, but also celebrate his life and the people that he touched. The Allens have been like brother and sisters to the Bollocks since grade school years. Sooooo many stories.....Kenny was a good man that always had a smile on his face, with a joke or a story and a laugh to remember. We pray for you to have strength and we hope to see you on our next trip to Mitchell. Kenny will never be forgotten by us or our family. Love, Lonnie and Mary Bollock
entry posted by Jackie Clark Christiansen on 11-30-2010
Sue and Family. I'm sorry to hear of Kenny's untimley passing. I worked with him at Owatonna, and Trail King, and also graduated with him ...and you too Sue! Please accept my condolences.
entry posted by Krista (Pemrick) Mitchell on 11-30-2010
Sue, Jamie, and Amber, I am so sorry to hear of you loss. What I always remembered the block parties you had at your house back in the day when you lived on Gamble st. We had so much fun! I didn't really get to know Kenny much cause it was always Sue, Amber, Jamie, and I and some friends from the nieghborhood. We always ended up in your backyard playing. From what I remember of Kenny was he always welcomed us into his house with a smile and his fishing boat parked in the driveway.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Krista Mitchell and Family
entry posted by Scott Lewis on 11-29-2010
I am so sorry to hear the loss of Kenny. I have known Kenny for the last 20 years from the great sport of fishing. I had the utmost repect for Kenny. He was a great guy and fisherman, he will be saldy missed. I know there are not many words a person can say at this difficult time. I am one to really say "I know what you are going through". I lost my dad and father-in-law on back to back Thanksgivings. It makes it hard not to forget what happens on days that fall on the holidays. This was the first time in 3 years that our family had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner after our losses. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and god bless.
entry posted by Linnea (Dagen) Fuerst on 11-29-2010
My condolences to you and your family Sue. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this very difficult time.
entry posted by Peggy (Hayen) Weber on 11-29-2010
So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue, and your family. May you find peace in the memories that you hold dear to your heart!
entry posted by Margo Ruark on 11-29-2010
I remember Kenny from the class of '74. I am so sorry for your loss. The entire family is in my prayers.
entry posted by Pat Koepke on 11-29-2010
Sue & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat
entry posted by Mike and Lisa Johnson on 11-28-2010
Hadn't seen or talked to Kenny since our 30th reunion, but the good memories from gradeschool on up are many. He was a super guy and will be missed so much. Too young and so sudden is very hard, especially at this time of the year. Our hearts are breaking for you all. God Bless...
entry posted by Jud Huston on 11-28-2010
Am very sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. I met him while working at Trail King during the 80's. I learned alot about welding during my employment there. I truely made me a better welder. I also enjoyed going to archery shooting practice. I've only seen him a few times in the last 20 years. I enjoyed visiting, but he never told me just where the fish were biting. May God comfort and bless you during this time of loss.
entry posted by Vicki Pfann & Gene Allen on 11-28-2010
We are so sorry to hear of Kennys passing. I've known Kenny not only through Tim and my sister Cindy Allen but through my credit union days we bulled around when he'd come in or go through drive up. What a great guy! Our love and support are with you all.
entry posted by Brian and Lorrie Berg on 11-28-2010
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers and love go out to all of you!
entry posted by Lori Husman Crago on 11-28-2010
Im so sorry for your loss Kenny was a great guy who always had a story my prayers are with you all
entry posted by Jim Weber on 11-28-2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kenny will be missed very much. If I may? I have a Kenny story to tell. Kenny and I go back as far as kindergarden. I was over at Kenny's house playing. As I remember it was Kenny, Ronnie and I. We had made this titter totter out of a plank and a couple of cement blocks. I don't quite remember what happened after that, as I was knocked out after one of us sit a brick on one end of the plank and someone else jumped on the other end. Well what goes up must come down, right on my head, knocking me out cold. That is some of what I heard later and some of what I remember. May God comfort and bless you for your loss.
Jim and Nevada Weber
entry posted by Wanda & Charlie Kobes on 11-27-2010
So Sorry Sue & family , Kenny was a great guy and will be missed by all that knew him . You are all in our prayers at this time of loss .
entry posted by Debbie James Mackey and husband Alan Mackey on 11-26-2010
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of my cousin. Kenny you were to young. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Last time I and mom Beverly and my brothers, Dennis Jr and Kevin got to see you was at Grandma Allens Funeral. Mother, sisters and brothers, heartfelt huggs go out to you.
Love, Debbie, Alan, Dennis Jr., Kevin and mom Beverly Allen James.
entry posted by Roxy Zimmer on 11-26-2010
I am so sorry for your sudden loss. May you find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.