Kenneth Jack Allen – October 20, 2012

Kenneth Jack Allen, 86, formerly of Perryton, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Amarillo.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in First United Methodist Church in Perryton. Burial will be in Ochiltree Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Kenneth was born Oct. 9, 1926, in Carl Community in Harmon County, Okla., to David Jack and Nellie Wylie Allen. He graduated in 1944 from Erick Oklahoma High School.

He was a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program of the Agribusiness Seminar in 1979; this was composed of business and government leaders from all over the world.

His World War II military service started in the infantry then was transferred to the paratroopers, where he served in the South Pacific and the Marianas Islands, primarily Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Kenneth returned from military to join his family in Perryton. After some farm, ranch and construction work, he began to work for the Perryton Equity Exchange in early 1947. He worked for them for six years and then moved to Wakita, Okla., to manage the Farmers Coop for five years. In 1959, Kenneth came back to PEE to take over the role as GM and CEO, where he served until his retirement in 1989 after 35 years.

After his retirement from PEE, he expanded his farming and ranching operations in the Ochiltree and Dallam counties in Texas, as well as Harmon and Beckam counties of Oklahoma. He retired from the farming and ranching operations in 2011 and moved to Amarillo to be closer to family.

Kenneth also served on numerous boards in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. He retired from Farmland Industries Board of Directors in 1991 after serving 12 years on the board, the last five years as chairman. He also served on the USDA Advisory Board of Agriculture, appointed by President Reagan and continued service under President Bush.

Kenneth married Helen Marie Griffin on May 31, 1947, in Wellington. Together they have two daughters. He was a very loving and involved grandfather and uncle, coaching and sponsoring sports teams, supporting FFA and many other numerous activities that all the kids were involved with.

Kenneth was a member in good standing for more than 50 years with the Masonic Lodge 910 of Perryton. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. During his life, he served on numerous committees and board in support of his community and his church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Conner Allen, a daughter, Susan Anita Allen-Aguilar; and a grandson, Jonathan Hill.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; a daughter, Polly Allen Hill of Amarillo; a brother, Bobby Scott Allen of Vinson, Okla., a sister, Dena Beth Allen Smith of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Andrew Allen-Aguilar and Brian Allen-Aguilar of Austin and Kristin Hill of Lubbock; a great-grandson, Jackson Caddell; numerous nieces and nephews who he was always very proud of and very involved with, including a special nephew, Douglas Kenneth Allen.

The family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church, 321 S Baylor St., Perryton, TX 79070; or YMCA, 1201 S.W. 15th Ave., Perryton, TX 79070.

8 Responses to “Kenneth Jack Allen – October 20, 2012”

  1. Megan says:

    I have countless memories of you-you bought my capon at the 4H auction, you came to my football games and watched me twirl. You slapped me on the back and said, “Hey, there Meg,whatcha doin”, most of all I remember your strength, and sitting around my grandmother’s table with you on Sunday afternoons, hearing your stories and your animated expressions. I will miss your presence, your spirit, your example and your twinkle-y eyes. My prayer is that you are with your mother, Jonathan, Susan and Wilfred, that you know no more pain, that you know our pride in you. My prayer is that you realize that the day we lost you, we lost our hero. I love you, Uncle Kenneth. Always and forever, your loving niece.

  2. Raymond and Kay McGarraugh says:

    He was a great example of a man who was involved in his family, his business, his community and his church. He will be missed.

  3. Tina Miner says:

    Knowing Kenneth has been a privilege. I enjoyed hearing the life adventures he shared while sitting at my desk waiting to see Howard Hammerbeck or Doug Kile. He always had a smile and time to visit about life or to tell me a short story. I remember the first time he was in the office and realize he was going to need help with Helen. He was so compassionate. He came by, with tears in his eyes, the day he had his dog put to sleep because he had bitten someone. Even though he had already moved from the community, he was missed this past year and will continue to be missed for many more.

  4. Betty Wray Nickels Ottaway says:

    It was as pleasure to know the Allens many years ago. So sorry to hear of your loss.

  5. Al and Sandy Shivley says:

    Helen and family We were sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. We have a lot of good memories about times spent with you and Ken while he was on the Farmland Ind Board. He was truly a great Cooperative Leader and a great friend,

  6. Al and Sandy Shivley says:

    He will be missed but we will have great memories.

  7. Marcus Jacobsen says:

    I was a Grain Merchandiser for Perryton Equity in Amarillo and later in Perryton.
    Kenneth had built a system of elevators to store grain for the farmer and Commodity Credit-Grain Reserve which worked very well. This continued for many years yielding profits for Perryton Equity.
    Kenneth was a leader in the Grain Industry during this time.

  8. Marvin and Markquetta Johnson says:

    Markquetta has always spoken so fondly of Ken and the other Allens. Although I’ve not been able to be around Ken much I learned that he was a solid person with strong character when I was able to visit with him.
    May God give you a special peace during this time of loss.
    Our sincere sympathy and prayers,
    Marvin and Markquetta Johnson

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