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William "Tom" Allen

December 30, 1949 — September 22, 2023



William Thomas Allen, 73 of Keithsburg, died Friday, September 22, 2023 at Genesis East, Davenport, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Christian Church in Keithsburg on October 28th beginning at 11:00 AM with Military Honors by the Aledo American Legion. Speer Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to the Aledo American Legion.

William Allen was born on December 30, 1949, at Laurel, Prince Georges County, Maryland, the son of Wilber Preston and Vivian Juanita (Orndorff) Allen. Tom spent his early years in Gilford, Howard County, Maryland. He lost his father due to illness when Tom was 7, and his mother and other family members helped raise him.

Tom served in the United States Army for 20 years and served in Vietnam where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.  While station at Fort Benning Georgia he met Sgt Zelpha Howard, and they were married  March 13, 1980.  They served together until his retirement in 1989.  Zelpha served until her retirement in 1992.

Tom and Zelpha moved to Oklahoma and lived on a farm next to his brother Preston.  Tom was a Laith Machine operator and was employed locally until moving to Keithsburg in 2001. 

He worked with Steve Willits on his farm for several years and then decided to retire again.  He purchased a camper trailer and would go camping several times a year in Illinois and Iowa.  Once Covid arrived things changed, and he did more things around the home.

He enjoyed fishing, putting things together and collecting knives.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife Zelpha, of the home;  Son, Tommy; Brothers Rick and Stanley; Zelpha’s family, Sister-in-law, Carol and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was proceeded in death by his parents and older brother Preston.

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