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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.

 

The family has requested a memorial fund for Wellington and Tati Barros, missionaries currently serving in Sao Paulo Brazil but moving to Mozambique later this year, in care of Salem First Baptist Church.
 
A Celebration of Larry’s life will be held Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 at Salem First Baptist Church (395 Marion St. NE) with reception following. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Remembering him and offering prayers and blessings to and for the family.



To the Family
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God provide you with comfort during this grievous time. Be assured that one day soon God will do away with death forever. 1 Corinthians 15:26.



Larry was the handsome young Biola University student that caught our daughter, Phyllis's eye. Evie and I rejoiced to welcome a fine young Christian man, Larry, as our new son in-law. He has demonstrated a commendable Christian character as a provider, loving husband, father, and church leader. His love of Mission work became evident by participation on his church Mission team.  His character that encouraged righteous living, eventually influenced him to become a police officer. He was careful to apply the disciplines of scriptural teaching and by dedication to his job rose in rank to captain. We thank God for his love for Christ, faithful ministry, and love of family.