Robert “Red” Allen was born on July 14, 1930 in Grotto, Washington and passed a way on June 25, 2014 at his home in Forks.
As a young man, he joined the army to serve his country in the Korean War, where he was honorably discharged after being wounded and receiving honors including a Purple Heart.
Known as “Red” to all his friends and family, he moved to Forks in 1976 with his beloved wife, Barbara Allen. There, his family followed and Forks became home to all of them.
His ability to operate a Cat made working easy for him, building many roads and working construction for most of his life. Once in Forks he worked for Ernie Nieslon for many years and was often called “the best there is” when operating that Cat.
He spent his later years caring for his family, but mostly caring for his wife of 50 years Barbara. He cherished every day of their life together.
He leaves behind his wife, Barbara; sons, Tommy Allen of Forks, and Hank Celigoy, of Auburn, WA; daughters, Pam Gale, Alice Celigoy, Cathy Jewett, all of Forks; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grand-children; and so many others he considered family.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Don and Art; sister, Evelyn; and grandsons, Brett Celigoy, Corey Gale and Dustin Shoemaker.
He will be deeply missed by everyone who saw him daily as he stopped at Ron’s every morning to grab the paper and a coffee, just to “visit the girls.” Then off to the post office as soon as the mail was put in the box before he finished his daily routine with a trip to Thrifty to get things his wife really didn’t need, but, again it was a chance for him to visit his favorite store.
Dad, Grandpa, Red, we miss you.