John Reed Allen

November 27, 2013 

John Reed Allen, 88, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away peacefully at home with his family on November 12, 2013.

John was born to John and Eva Allen on Feb 3, 1925 in Centerville, Ohio, the youngest and only son in a family of 7 girls. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Allen of Raleigh; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Mary Allen of Carrboro; son, Thomas Michael Allen of Berlin, Germany; and grandsons, Christopher Allen, and his wife Alison Kobayashi, of New York, Andrew Allen of California, and Sean Allen of Washington. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Louise Buchanan, of Middletown. Ohio

He was raised in Middletown, Ohio and following graduation from high school, he joined the US Navy in 1943 and served for 3 years on the USS Riley a destroyer escort making 42 crossings of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. His final year of service was in the Pacific. After his discharge from the Navy, he entered Miami University of Ohio to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He married Barbara Louise Buchanan, his high school sweetheart, in 1946. Following graduation in 1949, he was hired by the US Gypsum Company in the sales department in Cincinnati, Ohio. After frequent moves to various sales markets, he was assigned to the main office in Chicago.

In 1969, after 20 years with USG, he started Western Supply, Inc. a drywall and building supplies company, in Warrenville, Illinois.

John’s hobbies were singing in the church choir, gardening, carpentry, tennis and golf. The highlight of his golfing years was scoring a hole-in-one during a tournament in Naples Florida. He retired at age 63 and lived in Naples, Florida and Hendersonville, NC prior to moving to the Cedars of Chapel Hill in 2004.

A private family memorial will be held in December.

The family would like to thank the staff, caregivers, and medical personnel at the Cedars for all of their kindness, attentiveness and support, and express their great appreciation and thanks to the UNC Hospice staff.

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