David Wayne Allen Obituary

Heaven just gained the best paper airplane maker on the planet. David Wayne Allen, born June 5, 1934 passed away the evening of August 16, 2022.

David and his much-beloved sister Barbara spent most of their childhood in a home for boys and a home for girls. Despite being given up by both parents, he never stopped looking for his mother, for whom he always had a room. He graduated from Ducatur High School and attended the University of Maryland.

David met the love of his life, Esther Jean Snider. They were married May 4, 1956. Within a week he was drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas as well as Germany.

He was curious by nature and has a love of numbers and a gift of working out long algebraic and statistical equations in his head. He was also intrigued, and at times baffled, by technology.

David and Jean had three children, passing on a love of reading, a love of animals, and a love of coffee to all three of his offspring- none of whom inherited his excellent vision.

David’s faith was extremely important to him. Most recently he was a Sunday school teacher at First Freewill Baptist Church of Mena, where he was also a deacon. He felt honored to be of service.

David is predeceased by his much-beloved younger sister, Barbara Laguire of Michigan. He never quite recovered (emotionally) from losing his eldest daughter Susan Rene Loika to cancer and he was very much saddened by the loss of 2 granddaughters in Texas.

David is survived by his number one pal and wife, Esther Jean Allen of Mena; son, Steven Wayne Allen, also of Mena; daughter, Sharon Hunter of Texas, granddaughter, Lacora of Texas, granddaughter, Alexandria and Erika of Texas, Brady, Brittany, Michael, Marcus of Texas as well as granddaughter Kristen who travels frequently. In addition he is survived by numerous great-grandchildren and nieces plus all the neighborhood kids who might also refer to him as Dad.

David made paper airplanes for his children and grandchildren. They were the best. His family hopes he is eating the best cheeseburgers and vanilla bean milkshakes he has ever had.

Services for Mr. Allen will be held Monday, August 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas. With Brother Donnie Jewell officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park, in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Jerry Huff, Jose Hernandez, Kenneth Cossey, Mike Hoover, Gary Threlkeld.
Honorary pallbearers are Bob Turner, Bill Martin, and Ben Finley.

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8-17-22 3:20 PM KAWX.ORG