John Stewart Allen, of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at the age of 85. Loving husband of Margaret "Peggy" Allen for 64 years; devoted father of John (Joyce) Allen, Richard (Martha) Allen, and Douglas (Kathleen) Allen; wise grandfather of Richard “Sean”, Michael (Michelle), Robert “Bob” (Megan), John Ryan, Leah, David, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Joshua, Steven, Rachel, and Hannah; and adoring great-grandfather of Oliver, Caden, Jackson, and Wyatt; and sisters-in-law Jean (Ken - deceased) Schonhoff and Nancy (Randy) Sprinkle; and brother-in-law John (Jean) Phillips. John is also preceded in death by his son, David William Allen; beloved parents Donald C. Allen and Dorothy "Dot" Allen; sister Frances “Sally” (Bill) Tornovish; and brothers Donald (Jean) Allen and Robert “Bob” (Bette) Allen; beloved in-laws Richard F. Phillips and Elsie Phillips; sisters-in-law Susan Vogel, Marilyn (David) Lee, Judy (Pete) Belsky.
John served God and man as a believer, Elder, and Moderator with Overland Christian Church; shaped youth leading YMCA Indian Guides, church youth groups, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Order of the Arrow, and DeMolay. He enjoyed fifty years of fraternity in Bridgeton Lodge #80, A.F. & A.M.; Order of Eastern Star, Home Chapter #313; York Rite Knights Templar; National Sojourners, and Heros of ‘76. He was honored to represent Missouri O.E.S. as a Past Grand Patron from the year 1991.
John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 20 years, with a military career spanning from the end of the Korean War to the dawn of the internet. He rose from Airman to Captain, bucking the trend as a “Mustang” in the second to last class of Officer Candidate School, to serve as a squadron commander for the 861st Radar Squadron in South Carolina. Throughout his career, John worked as a Computer and Communications Engineer protecting our nation, training future generations, and building global networks.
John never lost his anchorage to his home, Nantucket, Massachusetts, while relocating from Florida, to Alaska, to Newfoundland, to the Gulf, to the Eastern Seaboard, and several points across the Midwest. He will be missed by family and friends across this nation.
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