Mayfield, NY, and Carmel
- Richard Raymond Allen, 94, passed into the presence of his Lord on Saturday evening, March 10, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, NY.
He was born in Jay, ME, on Feb. 12, 1924, the son of Raymond W. and Ruth (Richner) Allen. He was a graduate of Jay High School, the University of Maine (BS, biology) and Boston University (MA, biology).
He served during WWII in the US Navy during the liberation of Guam. After his honorable discharge in 1945 he married Lois Bryant of Jay, ME, on Dec. 22, 1946. He and Lois had one daughter, Kathryn, born in 1952. He taught biology and science in several high schools---Weld, ME; Christian High School/Lexington Christian Academy, Cambridge/Lexington, MA (1954-1970); Dublin Christian Academy, Dublin, NH (1970-1978); and Hermon Christian School, Hermon, ME (1978-1986).
Richard was a devoted Christian, having trusted in Jesus Christ at the age of 7 or 8 at a vacation Bible school held at the Jay Baptist Church, to which his family walked every Sunday. His dedication to Christ evidenced itself in his daily devotional habits of Bible reading and prayer for missionaries across the world, in his service in local churches in MA and ME where he and Lois served, and in his sacrificial generosity to the Lord's work.
Richard was lovingly cared for during the last nine months of his life by his special, selfless niece and nephew-in-law---Sherry and Tom Cooper---in the quiet atmosphere of their home in Mayfield, NY, and was visited regularly by his daughter and son-in-law, who are missionaries in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his wife of 70 years (May 15, 2017), and his brother, Carlton. Surviving are his daughter, Kathryn (Allen) Heijermans and husband, Tim; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren living on three continents; a brother, Hamblin (96); and his niece and her husband, Sherry and Tom Cooper, and several other nieces and nephews living in several states.
A memorial service will be held at the West Hampden Baptist Church, 574 Western Ave., Hampden, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 10 a.m., followed by a lunch. Rev. Michael Lynn will officiate. Interment will be in New York at a later date. Those who wish to remember Richard in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the handicap ramp fund at the West Hampden Baptist Church. Condolences may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  March 12, 2018