George Allen, a longtime Englewood resident who served as the city’s mayor five decades ago, died June 19 at age 99.
A military funeral at Fort Logan National Cemetery and a memorial service at Christ Church Denver were scheduled for July 1 for the former mayor, city councilman, developer and builder.
The funeral was scheduled for 9 a.m. and the memorial service celebrating Allen’s life was scheduled for noon at the church at 2950 S. University Blvd.
“I knew George Allen for more than 20 years and he was a really great guy,” Englewood resident Bob Boardman said. “We worked together on numerous Lions Club projects and he was always ready to pitch in to do what needed to be done. He also was generous and he liked to help people.”
Boardman added that Allen talked about his wife “Perkie” all the time and the fact they had a love affair that lasted 72 years. Ruth “Perkie” Allen died in February.
Jim Woodward, Englewood mayor pro tem, agreed with Boardman’s comments. He added that Allen was one of the wittiest persons he has ever met, and his quick comebacks made people laugh. Woodward said Allen also had great concern for other people.
“George told me he volunteered to give up his driver’s license when he turned 95,” Woodward said. “He said he did it because he didn’t want to put anyone at risk because his reactions were slowing down because of age.”
Allen was born on a West Texas farm in March 1914 and earned his degree from New Mexico A&M State College in Las Cruces in 1941. Immediately after graduation, he reported to the Army for what was to be a one-year tour.
While in college, he met his wife-to-be and they were married on Nov. 30, 1941. Allen’s one-year tour of duty was expanded since World War II began on Dec. 7.
He served in the 517th Parachute Combat Team and saw combat in North Africa with his unit. He returned to the United States in 1945 and saw his daughter Pamela for the first time. He joined the Army Reserve in 1948 and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
In 1946, the couple decided to settle in Englewood and Allen, a contractor, built their home at 2790 S. Downing St. using materials from a surplus Army apartment building.
He was a commercial builder from 1945 to 1948. He worked on the project that built the Englewood Housing Authority Offices, the Kiva Condominiums and a number of other buildings in the city.
The commercial building company was sold in 1948, but Allen continued to do some contracting work, plus he operated a mediation and arbitration service.
He was active in the community. He was elected to the Englewood City Council, serving from 1961 and 1962, and was mayor in 1963 and 1964, which was during the time the plans were finalized to sell the city park and build the Cinderella City Shopping Mall.
Allen also was a member of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce, and in 1972 was chamber president. When the chamber left Englewood, Allen was among those who spearheaded the effort that resulted in creation of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce.
He also was very active and a life member in the Englewood Lions Club and served as its president in the 1970s.
Allen and his wife were avid golfers. They were charter members of Pinehurst Country Club as well as members of the Senior Golfers of America for many years and always looked for a golf course when they went somewhere on vacation.
Allen is survived by his three daughters, Pam (Cork) Osborne, Deb (Mike) Hickey and Vicki (Dennis) Griffith, as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.