Jerry Dee Allen, 78, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at Chateau Girardeau Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born September 5, 1934, in Jackson, to Joe M. and Grace L. VanAmburg Allen. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from July 29, 1952 to January 13, 1956. He and Bonnie Sue Newman were married December 25, 1958. Theirs was a true, lifelong love affair. Jerry was quite proud of his Bonnie Sue and thoroughly enjoyed spoiling her.
Jerry and Bonnie resided many years in Sikeston and Jerry worked 37 years as a lineman for Scott-New Madrid Electric Coop. They wintered 20 years in the Florida Keys before permanently moving to Lake Placid, Florida, in 2005. They returned to Missouri in September, 2012.
Jerry was a member of Miner Baptist Church in Miner, Mo., and the Elks Lodge and American Legion, both in Lake Placid. He took pleasure in music and piddling with electronics, but enjoyed nothing more than being with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Bonnie of Jackson; three daughters, Sandy (Chris) Townsend of Ash Grove, Mo., Dee (Randy) Seabaugh, and Joanna (Brian) Gray, all of Jackson; nine grandchildren, Crissy (Justin) Cox and children Grace and Tennessee of Eureka, Mo., Trey (Casey) White and son Drew of Greenbrier, Ark., Sierra, Taylor, and Michael Townsend of Ash Grove, Cory Seabaugh, Casey (Jeremy) Meystedt, Brianna and Joseph Gray, all of Jackson; a brother, Jim (Carolyn) Allen of Sikeston; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Bill, and Don Allen; and a sister, Doris Duncan.
Friends may call Monday, March 4, from 4 PM to service time, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
A memorial service will be held at 7 PM, Monday, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Matthews officiating.
Interment will be private at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
For memorials, please consider Southeast Hospice.