Bryan C. Allen, 59

Bryan C. Allen passed away at UNMC in Omaha surrounded by his family on January 4, 2020. Born, April 6, 1960, in Ainsworth the third son to Neal and Barbra (Bryan) Allen and brothers Michael and Steve. Father Neal, and stepmother, Mary Lou (White) Allen, lovingly raised their family in Valentine. He attended Valentine Public Schools and graduated in 1978. He went on to get his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Kearney State College. He married his high school sweetheart Charlene (Billings) on August 7, 1982. From their union they have three boys: Tyler, Joe, and Zach.

Bryan had a passion for helping at-risk youth find meaning and purpose in their lives. He started his career at YDC (now YRTC) in Kearney; and later went on to serve as one of nine Juvenile Parole Officer for the Department of Corrections and the Office of Juvenile Service he worked for the State of Nebraska for 30 years. He belonged to the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney serving as an elder.

Bryan was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, and friend; he always saw the good in everyone. People who knew him were proud to call him: friend, neighbor, mentor, confidant, poker aficionado, coin collector, and a resilient fighter throughout his health setbacks. 

Brother, Michael, and parents, Barbara and Neal preceded him in death.

Survived by wife, Charlene and children, Tyler (Beth Roy Allen), Joe (Abbi Hanson), and Zach, stepmother, Mary Lou and brother, Steve Allen (Mary Allen).

Bryan was very thankful for the gift of life via a Liver Transplant in 2011. The family wishes that those who would like to remember Bryan, consider registering to be an organ donor and making financial contributions to the organization, Donate Life

A Celebration of Life was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney on Friday, January 10 at 11:00 a.m.

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