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In Loving Memory

Roy Chester Allen, Jr.

June 2, 1941 – May 18, 2021

Roy C Allen Jr., of Pearland TX, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the age of 79. He was born June 2, 1941, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Roy and Wanda Allen. Roy grew up in Arkansas and Ohio, where he graduated from Lakewood High School.  He attended college at Bowling Green State University earning a degree in Business Administration. After his graduation from Bowling Green, Roy was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy where he specialized in aviation support roles. Roy served multiple tours in the Vietnam conflict with his squadron, VF-111 Sundowners. His duty assignments included the USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while the ships were deployed in combat operations off the coast of Vietnam. He ended his active duty service in 1967 as a Lieutenant.

While serving in the Navy, Roy met and married the love of his life Patti, who he was married to for 53 years.  Roy and Patti had four children.  Following the Navy, Roy worked in the airline industry which resulted in the family moving from California to Texas.  Later in his career, Roy transitioned to working for MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he retired in 2007 after 22 years of service.

Roy enjoyed traveling, playing on his computer, planes, and everything that involved his children and grandchildren.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Wanda Allen, as well as his oldest son, Michael Allen. He is survived by his brothers, Don Allen and his wife Kay, David Allen, Rick Allen and his wife Beth; wife, Patti Allen; sons, Garrett Allen and his wife Misun, Drew Allen and his wife Brandy; daughter, Rebekka Gabino; grandchildren, Zachary Gabino, Quinn Gabino, Caralynn Allen, Matthew Allen, Madeleine Allen, Charlotte Allen, Rowan Robinson, and Everett Robinson; and many extended family, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life services will be held at 11:00 A.M., with the family receiving friends at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546, with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. Roy will be laid to rest at a later date at the Houston National Cemetery.

Roy has asked in lieu of flowers, that donations are made to MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Donations can be made in memory of Roy at https://tinyurl.com/rallenj.

Condolences may be sent to the Allen family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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14 thoughts on “Roy Chester Allen, Jr.”

  1. Patti and Family,
    Our memories of time with your family will always be wonderful. We will miss Roy as I know you will.
    We care very much for what you have gone through the last few months. Hope the memories of Roy will overcome the absence in your family.
    Our love to you all.
    Garth and Barbara, Brian and Tari and family, Anthony and family.

  2. Kathy Johnston

    Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father, Roy Allen. Your family will be in our prayers. As requested we've made a donation to MD Anderson Cancer Center. We ask GOD to be with each member of your family and provide strength & reassurance during this time.
    Your M The Builders and Maverick Homes Family.

  3. Heather Woodsmall

    To Drew and Family

    This is a beautiful dedication to your father. I'm truly sorry for your loss. I only hope that the many years of great memories and love you have created may offer you some peace.
    I am thinking of you all at this time and sending my love and strength. I only wish I could be there to give each of you the biggest hug.

    The cow sends her love

  4. Rest In Peace my old friend. I will always remember how kind and helpful you were when I joined the Facilities family at MDACC.

  5. Patti and Drew,

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and wishes for peace are with you.

    Bryce and Susan Yates

  6. Patti, Drew, Bekka, Garrett, and families,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I feel so lucky to have known Roy and I will remember him with great fondness. My thoughts and condolences are with you all in this sad time.
    Amanda Allen

  7. J. Harry Feldman

    Patti, Bekka and all — I and the Feldman family undoubtedly go back as far with your dear dad as anyone, having grown up across 39th Street from each other in Ft. Smith and I being one year younger than your dad. He and I used to argue heatedly over whether his two-rail American Flyer or my three-rail Lionel trains were the best. After "Big Roy," "Suwannee Wannie," "Little Roy," Donnie and David moved to Fayetteville we all kept up with the Allens. My friend Tommy Kimmons and I took the lovely train ride from Ft. Smith to Fayetteville to visit. After the Allens moved to Lakewood, Ohio, we Feldmans stopped by, picked up your dad, added him to our Chevy station wagon and took him with us on to New York. Our love for all the Allens persisted through the years — and still does. As Shakespeare said, "Love's not time's fool."

    Now your dad has left us. But his love and influence lingers on, a force that endures and we continue to hold dear with you. We celebrate his life and hold you in the light now and in coming days.

    1. DeDe Feldman Lux

      Along with my brother and sisters, we cherish such fond memories of Roy (and his family) growing up in a wonderful neighborhood in Fort Smith, Arkansas. My sincere sympathy on your loss of such a fine man.

  8. I, a fellow Sundowner, had the pleasure of serving with Roy. I remember the first time he walked through our ready room door. He, with his infectious smile, was instantly a member of the Fighter Squadron One Hundred Eleven club. You were always cheerful and positive. Rest in peace my friend, you will always live in the hearts of the Sundowners.

  9. I'm sorry to say the last time I saw Roy was at our house in Camarillo, CA and that was in the early '70's. Where we shared memories and stories of our times on the USS Midway and our rare liberty days in foreign ports. You fit like a glove in our squadron, Roy. We have kept up with Christmas letters and cards, but, as I look at it now, it wasn't enough…should have been more. Smooth sailing, shipmate!

  10. Scaggs Family

    May you each be comforted by the moments shared; and memories you created together, and may peace be with you as you remember and celebrate Roy.

    Frank, Wendy, Zoe & Ellie Scaggs

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