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    Merlyn Phillip Allen, 78, of Fort Smith, AR, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012 in a hospital in Fort Smith, AR.
    He was born in Van Meter to Arthur and Ina Allen. He attended Northwest Missouri State Universtiy and was a past president of Security State Bank in Mount Ayr.
    He was a U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and  member of Goddard United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Karen Allen.
    A memorial service was held Friday, August 3, at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith, AR. Burial of the ashes will be held at a later date at the U. S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, AR.
    He is survived by his wife, Marylou, of the home; a son David Allen of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter, Katherine Grein of Minneapolis, MN; a sister, Shirley Daughtery of Charleston, SC; an aunt, Dorthy Cushing of Waukee; one grandson, Jason Phillip Grein of Lusby, MD; two step-daughters, Susan Phillips of Cleveland, TN, and Bonnie Woumac of Louden, TN; eight step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be made to Peacetree Hospice, 2010 Jenny Lind Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

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