William Allen Obituary

William McKinley Allen
William McKinley Allen

April 11, 1951 - January 21, 2018
Born in Ephrata, Washington
Resided in Springfield, OR
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William “Bill” Allen was born on April 11, 1951 in Ephrata, Washington to parents Henry “Buck” and Verna Allen. He joined his stepbrother, Roy. His brother Randal completed the family 21 months later. Randy and Bill remained very close.
Bill graduated from Oakridge High School in 1969. He and Randy were in a rock band called the Modifiers in high school. Music remained an integral part of his life. He enjoyed playing his guitar daily until he got sick.
After high school, Bill briefly went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad before joining the US Marine Corp in June 1970. He spent the majority of his service in San Diego, California before being honorably discharged in July 1972. Upon discharge from the military, he returned to Oakridge and resumed his railroad career. When Bill retired in 2016, he had worked for Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroads for 48 years.
Bill married Bev Tillotson on May 10, 1974 in Oakridge. In the first few years of their marriage they moved often throughout Oregon for his job and then settled in Springfield, Oregon for the remainder of his life. They took care of Bev’s mom for 16 years until her passing.
Bill and Bev enjoyed traveling to Mexico for vacationing. They also enjoyed crossword puzzles, movies, following the U of O Football and especially their animals. Bill leaves his mini-Aussie puppy, Bernie.
Bill was diagnosed with stage four renal cell carcinoma in June, 2014. He passed on January 21, 2018 of complications from the disease. He received excellent care from the Willamette Valley Cancer Center in Eugene, Oregon. A Special gratitude to Dr. Jeff Sharman and Nurse Becca.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bev, his mother, Verna, Brother, Randy and sister-in-law, Jean. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father and stepbrother Roy.
A funeral service for Bill will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Northwood Christian Church in Springfield at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow the funeral. A private burial will be at Forestvale Memorial Park in Oakridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northwood Christian Church, 2425 Harvest Lane, Springfield, Oregon 97477.
Arrangements are in care of Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Visit majorfamilyfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book.

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Northwood Christian Church
2425 Harvest Lane
Springfield, OR 97477
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Northwood Christian Church
2425 Harvest Lane
Springfield, OR 97477
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:00 AM