Glen Eugene Allen was born on August 28, 1937 to Lillian Marie (Huffendieck) and (Elin Gustaf – his original Swedish name) Gustaf Allen in a farmhouse 10 miles northwest of Presho, Lyman County, South Dakota. Attending his birth was his grandfather, Andrew P. Allen ( Elin Anders Par- original Swedish name); his grandmother Christine (Norstrom) Allen (Kerstin Norstrom – original Swedish name); his uncles: Andrew Robert Allen (Elin Andes Robert – original Swedish name); Alfred Allen (Elin Alfred – original Swedish name); Eric (Althea) Allen (Elin Eric – original Swedish name); and John (Viola) Allen (Elin John – original Swedish name).
In 1940, the family relocated to a farmstead 12 1/2 miles north of Kennebec, Lyman County, South Dakota. Glen attended a small country school which was taught by his mother until she fell asleep in death when he was 13 years old. He attended high school in Kennebec and graduated in 1955.
He was a devout Jehovah’s Witness and had the privilege of helping expand the preaching work in central South Dakota. During the 1940’s and 1950’s he saw firsthand the growth of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the area. Before there were any congregations in the area, the meetings were held in his father’s house or his grandparent’s house. There were times when the circuit overseer would come to his father’s house and hold meetings. His father bought an airplane and they would fly across the Missouri River and witness from farm to farm. He attended the trial in Winner, South Dakota when H. Covington the lawyer for the Watchtower Society won a judgment against the Green River Ordinance.
A highlight of his youth was when his uncle Eric would come with his guitar and play and sing, “Truly Fair.”
After graduation from high school, Glen lived for a while in Seattle, Washington with his Uncle Eric and Aunt Althea. He worked for a time with the Colucio Construction Company. Even then he had the reputation of serving Jehovah and living a clean life. Because of this he was nicknamed “Sugar Foot” by the construction crew.
From Seattle he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa where he started a janitor business. Later on when his father asked him to move back to the ranch and manage it, he did so.
Glen worked on the ranch supporting his father, stepmother, and 2 uncles until he married Mary Wooledge Estes on August 14, 1976 at Chamberlain, Brule County, South Dakota. Then he was busy supporting a wife and stepchild also. Glen adopted Timothy Shawn Estes when he started kindergarten.
He was not only a good rancher and farmer, bringing the farm out of debt and into a profit making business, but was an accomplished welder and mechanic. He repaired his own farm equipment and sometimes did welding work for neighbors. When he sold cattle at the sale barn they would usually bring in the highest bid. He was the first one in the area to start freeze branding; often going to the neighbors to freeze brand their cattle also. He built his own implement to unroll big round hay bales before there were any on the market. He was one of the first to raise sunflowers as a profitable crop in Lyman County. In the 1980’s he started to sell insurance. He discovered if he told jokes to the potential prospects it was easier to sell them a policy. It was then that he found his true calling of telling jokes and when he was in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls prior to his falling asleep in death he regaled anyone that came in with jokes.
He served as a ministerial servant in the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chamberlain, South Dakota and at times would travel to other congregations to give an hour talk. Not only were his talks interesting but they would be highlighted by his personal artwork. Whenever there was an assembly you could rely on Glen to volunteer to do something, even if it was peeling potatoes or washing dishes in the society’s portable kitchen. He always took time to tell others about the truth from the bible, even when he got off work late at night, he would clean up and visit with neighbors who would invite him over at that time to discuss the scriptures.
He had a kind heart and was always willing to help others. Often he would fix vehicles for people that had broken down or help them financially. He lovingly took care of his elderly two uncles, sometimes walking the mile north to their house when snow became too deep for vehicles to take them groceries and see if they were alright.
Glen and Mary had 2 children together, Andrew Alfred Allen and Autumn Hope Allen. In 1994 they divorced. In 1997 Glen left the farm and moved to Philip, Haakon County, South Dakota where he delivered mail and the Rapid City Journal until he became incapacitated and was no longer able to walk. He moved to Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota to live with Mary and her husband, Leo Gillen where his life was ended January 25, 2014 because of inoperable cancer. Glen was surrounded by two of his children, Andrew and Autumn; one granddaughter, Willow Amelia Rose Allen; and Mary and her husband, Leo Gillen.
Those that will miss him until he is resurrected back here to his earthly home are his children: Andrew Alfred Allen, Mitchell, SD; Autumn Hope (Elvio) Trent, Loja, Ecuador; granddaughter, Willow Amelia Rose Allen, Mitchell, SD; Mary Lou Wooledge Estes Allen Gillen and Leo, Mitchell, SD. He is survived also by: Timothy Shawn (Lori) Allen; their two children, Rhiannon Grace Allen and Remington Justice Allen (twins), all from Hermosa, SD; and his brother Seth (Marilyn) Allen, Seattle, WA.
Preceding him in death were: his father, mother, grandparents and uncles.
To sum his life up, as a friend once said many years ago, “to know Glen was to love him.”