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Jack Berman Allen was born in a little coal camp in West Virginia called Red Warrior on May 11, 1933, to the late Mary (Totten) and William Allen.
He attended East Bank High School, where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He was recruited by Virginia Tech and the Cleveland Browns, and eventually entered the US Air Force, serving honorably in Korea.
He came to Delaware in 1962 with his wife, Carol Colvard Allen Noronowicz and lived here among his many friends until his death on October 12 at the age of 85.
Jack was very sentimental and loved his family. He loved to play golf at Garrison’s Lake, read, sing and was a great dancer. He was fun and loved to laugh. People loved being around him, and he was the life of the party.
In his prime, he was 6’4” tall and around 300lbs and was a force to be reckoned with.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Clifford, Howard and Paul; and his sisters Frances and Phyllis, and his granddaughter Kimberly.
He is survived by his younger brother, Richard (Earline), his current wife of 21 years Gail Lurty Denney Allen, his daughter Tracey Carol Allen Mulveny (Daniel), his granddaughters Leila, Peri and Rose Mulveny, and his beloved stepchildren and step grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by Pam Allen Baldry, Christie Allen Soldani, Michael Allen, and extended family.
The family is especially thankful to the staff of the Delaware Veteran’s Home for the loving care they provided him for the last two years of his life. Theirs is a thankless job, done out of love for our veterans, and they put up with a lot. The family also offers a special thank you to Evan Denney for being such a good buddy to "Pop-Pop Jack."
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Delaware Veteran’s Home in Jack’s memory.
According to Jack’s wishes, there will not be a formal funeral. However, Tracey would invite everyone to raise a glass in his memory, listen to some Sinatra, and remember that Jack Allen did it his way.