Arnett Allen, who was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with his Lord on April 6, 2012 after a long debilitating illness that eventually led him to be placed in a long term care facility. Arnett was born December 17, 1924, in St. Clair County, Missouri, to Lawrence P. Allen and Gladys I, (Summy) Allen. He told his family not to cry, but to be happy for him for he was going to a better place. Arnett was a member of the First Baptist Church of Conroe. In April 1943, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the US Army 337th Infantry 85th Division. He was sent overseas in October 1944 and served in Italy until December 1945. He participated in the following campaigns; Rhineland, PO Valley, and NO. Apennines. He was awarded three bronze service stars and a good conduct medal. He was issued a lapel button for the European-African-Middle Easter Theatre Campaign, and American Theatre Ribbon, 2 overseas service bars, and a victory ribbon. He was honorably discharged on January 31, 1946. After returning to Nevada, Missouri, He met and married Eleanor Jones on June 23, 1946. His first job after leaving the army was working for the fire department in Nevada, Missouri s a radio operator. They then moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area, where he worked for Braniff International Airways and American Airlines, as a radio operator in the control tower at the airport. They then moved to Amarillo, Texas and worked for the civil aeronautics administration as an air traffic controller. He and his family then moved to San Antonio, Texas and was an airways operations specialist for the Federal Aviation Agency. In 1965, the Federal Aviation Agency closed their operations in San Antonio, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana and relocated these two facilities to their new facility which is located near Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Arnett was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence P. Allen and Gladys I. Allen, his brother, Joe A. Allen, his sister and brother-in-law, June and Vernon Arnett and his brother-in-law, Clyde E. Davis. Arnett Allen is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor; his daughter, Dianne L. (Allen) Bruce of Conroe and his son, Joe Wayne Allen (Dianne) of S. Ogden, Utah; niece, Sandra Moore (Harry) of Stockton, Missouri and his niece Gwendolyn Hinken (Morris) of Green Ridge, Missouri; grandchildren, Kimberly D. Bruce-Scott (David) of Spring, Texas, Paul B. Bruce (Liz) of Spring, Texas, Rodney L. Allen (Jodi) of Englewood, Colorado, Ryan L. Allen (Breann) of Roy, Utah and David Blackman (Tisha) of Austin, Texas; great grandchildren, Makayla D. Scott, Julie Anne Scott, Dylan W. Bruce, Emily S. Bruce, Everett S. Allen, Olivia D Allen, Hadlee M. Allen, Aubree J. Allen, Lukas Blackman, Hana Blackman and Heather Blackman and two sisters-in-law, Margaret E. Davis and Louise Munkers. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Cashner Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:00am in Garden Park Cemetery, which is located directly behind Cashner Funeral Home. Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul B. Bruce, Rodney L. Allen, Ryan L. Allen, Christopher W. Allen, David S. Scott, David Blackman and Mack Barnhill. In lieu of flowers, and in respect of Eleanor and Arnett's love for their dog, Sophie, the family requests a donation be made to the SPCA in Conroe, or a charity of your choice. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at our website at www.cashnerconroe.com.
The family would also like to thank Tri-Care Hospice of Cleveland, Teas and Above and Beyond Assisted Living for the care they gave to their loved one. The family also wants to give a special thank you to Mack Barnhill, Cliff Herrington, Merle Blado and Cathy Donahy.