2013-12-19 / Obituaries

Douglas Lee Allen

Former Village of Roscommon manager Douglas Lee Allen, 82, died Dec. 17, 2013, at his Roscommon home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held today (Thursday, Dec. 19) at Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 20, at First Congregational Church, Roscommon, from 10 to 11 a.m. Chaplain Lonnie Severance, the Rev. Robert Bond and Pastor Mark Davidson will officiate a service Friday at 11 a.m. at the church.

He was born in Lansing Jan. 29, 1931, the son of Arthur and Bertha (Ryckman) Allen. He had lived in Roscommon since 1955. He previously lived in Mt. Pleasant for two years and Shreveport, LA, for three years, coming from Lansing.

He and June M. Bertl were united in marriage Sept. 1, 1951, in Roscommon. His wife survives.

Mr. Allen worked as a geophysicist for Texas Instruments in Louisiana for three years and as a geologist for the Department of Natural Resources in Mt. Pleasant for two years. He managed Bertl Ford in Roscommon with his father-inlaw, Frank Bertl Sr. for 23 years, taught automotive mechanics at Kirtland Community College for three years and was a Village of Roscommon manager for 12 years, retiring in 1994. While village manager, Mr. Allen was instrumental in bringing Hilltop Manor Health Care Center to the village.

Mr. Allen was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in geology in 1951. He served on the board of the Roscommon County Department of Social Services for more than 30 years and was a Roscommon County public guardian.

He was a member of the Higgins Township Fire Department for more than 50 year, serving as chief for 10 years. He was also an EMT.

Mr. Allen was a past member of the Roscommon Rotary and the Northern Michigan Municipal League.

He restored a 1938 Ford truck that was in the 2011 Michigan Memorial Firemen’s Festival Parade. He rode in the parade in the pick-up truck while his son-in-law, Leon “Stretch” Terrian, who helped him restore it, drove.

While managing the Ford dealership, Mr. Allen started the first Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Mr. Allen was a founding member of the Roscommon Downtown Development Authority. Mr. Allen partially built and finished two homes. Mr. Allen was handy at building things and was known as a thinker, listener and doer. Mr. Allen enjoyed softball, bowling, golf, hunting and snowmobiling.

Mr. Allen attended First Congregational Church, Roscommon.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and brother, Gordon Allen.

Surviving Mr. Allen are his wife, June; five children, Tom (Connie) Allen of Roscommon, Mike Allen of Roscommon, Linda (Leon) Terrian of Houghton Lake, Andrea (Harold) Weiss of St. Helen and David (Janet) Allen of Midland; eight grandchildren, Dawn Huff, Christopher Allen, Alan Terrian, Rachel Jasinski, Kurt and Elyse Weiss, David Lucas and Nicholas Alexander Allen; and twogreat grandchildren, Owen and Lila.

Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, Northern Michigan Region of the Alzheimer’s Association or the Roscommon County Community Foundation for a fund to be established in Mr. Allen’s name.

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