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Charles Allen
Charles Allen


Charles Allen

May 10, 1936 - Apr 21, 2017

Charles A. Allen, 80, of Great Falls, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Charles was born on Mother’s Day, the 10th of May 1936, to David B. and Eva V Allen in Roanoke, Virginia. Charles was the last of six children which included: David, Carl, Mary Sue “Peggy”, John and Nancy. He attended schools in Roanoke from the year of 1942 to 1954. He was an average student but more interested in the life around him. His family was his number one priority. He entered the Air Force in February of 1954. Charles took basic training in Texas and job training in Mississippi. He was assigned as a radar technician to the 801st Air Control and Warning (AC&W), 29th Air Division at Malmstrom in July of 1954. He received his GED through the Air Force and took classes from the Air Force College with excellent grades but did not receive a degree. He married Lily Mae Ulrich in June of 1958, and returned to Virginia with his bride in 1959.

After his mother’s death he returned to Montana where his two sons were born, Kirk Randal in November 1960, and Bryan Charles in March of 1963. He had various jobs and helped on his father-in-law’s ranch. He joined the Montana Air National Guard, 120th Security Flight, now Security Forces in 1981 and was medically retired in 1991. His career in the military was enjoyable and knowledgeable. He believed in the American Way and felt blessed that he received the respect of all his friends and knew them well enough to share everything with,  his beliefs and dreams.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and son Kirk “Randy” Allen.

Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lily Allen; son Bryan Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 10, 2017 at The Bridge Church (formerly Valley Community Bible Church), 3400 Flood Road, Great Falls. Burial of ashes will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charles’ name may be made to Peace Hospice of Great Falls, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405 or to the donor’s choice.

I walk with God. From this day on,

Wherever He leads, I’ll travel on, 

This is my prayer, My humble plea

I pray that God Will watch over me.

Public Guest Book

May 10th
Dr Ken Small
Dear Lily and Bryan I was unaware of Charles's passing until today. I am so sorry. He always brightened my day no matter where we met. I know how devoted you were to him. And even though,his health issues reduced his quality of life, his attitude was always so positive. Please accept my love and sympathy at this difficult time.


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