Larry Wayne Allen
February 11, 1945 - May 21, 2018
Larry Wayne Allen slipped into the arms of Jesus on May 21 after battling ALS for almost a year. Larry was born in New Kensington, PA to Ralph and Mary Jane Allen, the second of 6 children. When he was 2 years old they moved from PA to Tucson, AZ and shortly after to Bisbee where they lived until he was in 6th grade at which time they moved back to Tucson. He graduated from Catalina High School in 1963 and went on to Biola College in La Mirada, CA and graduated from there in 1968. He met Phyllis Jane Moen there and they were married on July 27, 1968. Their first child, Monica Layne was born on Feb 10, 1970 and Kevin Wayne was born on March 31, 1971. In October of 1977 they moved from Southern California to Salem, Oregon where he began his career with Marion County Sheriff’s Office. It had been his long time desire to go into police work. Larry advanced through the ranks during his career, retiring in 1999 as Captain.
He loved his family and was so proud of Monica and son-in-law, Mike, and their five children and Kevin and daughter-in-law, Melissa, and their four children. Spending time with them was so important to him. He loved being able to visit Monica and her family wherever the Air Force moved them and was able to visit Kevin and his family one time after they moved to Southern California early last year.
He loved the Lord with all his heart and chose to serve Him throughout his life. He never complained about having ALS and told everyone who visited about how the Lord offered him comfort when it became so difficult to breathe. He served as a Deacon at Halbert Baptist Church and then at Salem First Baptist. He had a heart for missions and served as chairman of the Global Missions Team and on the advisory board for Restoration Ministries in Sao Paulo Brazil, traveling there 15 times to serve on short term mission teams and for board meetings. He was involved in the M.E.N. Ministry at Salem First Baptist and coordinated the security team there. He loved his church and even though he was unable to attend a high light of his week was live streaming the church service with Phyllis each Sunday morning.
He is survived by his wife. Phyllis, of almost 50 years, daughter, Monica and son-in-law Mike Roundtree, son, Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa Allen. His grandchildren, Zachery (and Rachel) Roundtree, Taylor Roundtree, Haley Roundtree, Jenny Roundtree and Joey Roundtree, Kristin Allen Rose (and Kevin Rose), Connor Allen, Hannah Allen and Katie Jane Allen. His brothers, Jim, Rick and Ray and sister Becky. He was preceded in death by his brother David and his parents, Ralph and Mary Jane.