Gene A. Allen, 80
Gene A. Allen, age 80, was born to Martha (Farris) and Clarence Allen on January 31, 1937, in Ainsworth, NE. He departed this life and entered into the gates of Heaven on August 19, 2017. Gene was baptized and became a member of the Highland Grove Church on Palm Sun-day, March 21, 1948. On that blessed day, other members of his family were also baptized, including his mother Martha, sisters Wauneta, Evelyn and Darlene and brother Wayne. In his younger years he enjoyed spending time with his friends, roller-skating, hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors. It was at the roller skating rink where he met the love of his life, Audrey Smith. On July 17, 1957, they were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth. Together they were blessed with four children - Lorne, Tammy, Roger and Kristine “Kristy”. Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, and visits from nieces and nephews. Gene loved teasing and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Later in life, Gene’s passion was his dog Nikki. She brought him comfort and joy, as they were inseparable. During his lifetime he worked in numerous places including as a ranch hand for his brother Jim, for his brother-in-law Harold Hill, at Masters Petroleum and at Rogers Feed Mill. In 1959 he began his 36-year career in the construction field with Peter Kiewit and the James E. Simon Company where he then retired in 1995.Music was a big part of his life. Every family gathering consisted of singing, dancing and playing music. Gene played several different instruments and taught his sons, nieces, nephews and grandchildren how to play a variety of instruments. Some of his most precious memories were when he went antique tractor pulling with his two sons and his son-in-law. He traveled all over Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado and as far south as Texas. In March of 2001, Gene was points runner up in the Division II 6000 lb. Class of the National Antique Tractor Pullers Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey “Susie” Allen; parents, Clarence and Martha; sisters, Isabelle Jacobitz, Evelyn Hill, Dorothy Jones and Darlene Oakes; brothers, James “Jim” Allen, Marvin “Jack” Allen, Lester Allen, Elmer Allen and Wayne Allen; brothers-in-law, Marvin Jacobitz, Harold Hill and Gordon Oakes; and sisters-in-law, Dora Allen, Cleona Allen, Nadine Allen and Evelyn Allen. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Lorne (Becky) Allen of Ainsworth, Tammy (Scott) Stec of Long Pine, NE, Roger Allen and friend Betty Bradley of Ainsworth, Kristine “Kristy” (Steve) Schiller of Gillette, WY; grandchildren, Waylon Allen of Ainsworth, Lacey (Allen) and husband Chase Marbry of Locust, NC, Cody Stec and wife Heather of Ainsworth, Amanda (Stec) and husband Brandon Evans of Ainsworth, Devin Allen and friend Tasha of Grand Island, NE, Haylee Allen of Lemon Cove, CA, Jody Allen of Ainsworth, Savannah (Schiller) and husband Rance Maddocks, Dalton, Dylan and Dane Schiller, all of Gillette; great-grandchildren, Grant Stec, Kyleigh and Treyton Allen, Kaden and Zaine Evans, all of Ainsworth, Teigen, Trypp and Cord Marbry of Locust, and Ezra Maddocks of Gillette. Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Rod and Gun Club or Sand-hills Cancer Fund. Funeral services were held at the Evangelical Free Church in Ain-sworth with Pastor Mick Thornton and Pastor Bruce Beebout officiating the service. CD selections of “Amazing Grace” by Alan Jackson, “I’m Not Afraid to Die” by Gillian Welch and “Go Rest High On that Mountain” by Vince Gill were played. Pallbearers were Tony Allen, Terry Allen, Ron Allen, Gary Allen, Butch Allen, Gary Jones and Johnny Tucker. Honorary bearers were Gene’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family and friends. Burial followed at the Ainsworth Cemetery under the direction of Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hochfuneral-home.com.