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Willard T. Allen, Jr.
Willard "Tom" Allen, 79, formerly of Manitowoc, passed away on Wednesday, April 30 at Bellin Heart Center, Green Bay.
Born in 1935, to Willard and Ellen (Race) Allen of Little Suamico, he began his education in a one-room schoolhouse taught by his aunt and graduated from Oconto Falls High School. He earned a biology degree from St. Norbert College and a master's degree in biology from Purdue University. He was a dedicated high-school biology teacher, first in Kansas City and then for 34 years at Manitowoc Lincoln High, where he also coached football. He served in the United States Army Reserves for more than 40 years, led the 432nd Civil Affairs Unit in Green Bay and rose to the rank of colonel.
He spent many happy days in his woods with family and friends, but his grandchildren were the joy of his retirement years.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 57 years, Valerie (Christensen) Allen; six children; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Janice Allen, his mother-in-law, Edna Vonck, a brother-in-law, Ron (Karen) Christensen, a sister-in-law, Chris (Von) Solberg, and his Swedish AFS daughter, Anna Lena Stalnacke and family.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in July. Donations can be made in his name to either, Woodland Dunes Nature Center or the NEW Zoo.