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Willis Dain Allen, (Turk), 84, died Monday March 23, 2020 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center, Mount Ayr IA.
Born July 27,1935 and raised in rural Diagonal, Turk was the son of Cecil and Lois (Baker) Allen and a lifelong resident of Ringgold County where he did not know a stranger. On August 6, 1960 Turk was united in marriage to Luella Kay Pyle where two children were born to this union. Turk was a member of the Tingley Christian Church and the Tingley Lions.
Turk attended Knowlton school and Jefferson #6 and graduated from Diagonal Community High School in 1953. After graduating Turk served two years in the Army then worked multiple jobs, working at Bastow Feed and Grain in Mount Ayr, Mount Ayr sale barn, farm hand for Harrison Link and Lowell Hickman, did multiple tasks while working at Tingley Farm Supply and retired from the maintenance department at the Ringgold County Hospital in July 2000.                 Turk had a passion for woodworking, where he spent many hours creating multiple treasures in his “pop shop” on Main Street in Tingley. Turk also loved the town of Tingley and spent countless hours volunteering his time and talents to help with whatever needed attention. Another passion was spending time on his lawn mower where you would often find him mowing lawns or just riding around town. In his retirement years his most prized passion was the love for his Oliver tractors that he took utmost pride in riding in tractor rides and parades.
He was survived by his son, Buddy (Mari Bailey) Allen of Tingley, IA; daughter, Tami (Kevin) Blunt of Stanton, IA; twin sister, Lois Anne (late husband, David) Sobotka of Mount Ayr, IA, sister, Kay (Lloyd) Drake of Tingley, IA; three grandsons; Shane (Jessica) Miller, Grain Valley, MO; Justin (fiancé, Katie) Miller, Stanton, IA, Easton Blunt, Stanton, IA; two step grandsons and two step granddaughters; two great grandsons, two step-great grandsons; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife, Kay Allen, parents, Cecil and Lois Allen, in laws, Bud and Fern Pyle, and other various family members. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
God saw you were getting tired
When a cure was not to be;
He closed His arms around you;
And whispered, “come to me”
In tears we saw you sinking;
We watched you fade away;
Our hearts were almost broken,
You fought so hard to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping
So peacefully free from pain,
We could not wish you back
To suffer so again.
So keep your arms around him, Lord
And give him special care;
Make up for all he suffered;
And all that seemed unfair.
Private services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in
Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Al Rusk.
Special song was “Hey Dad” .
Casketbearers were Buddy Allen, Tami Blunt, Mari Bailey and Kevin Blunt.
Honorary pallbearers were Shane Miller, Justin Miller, Easton Blunt and Kruz Miller.
Turk was laid to rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Health Care Center and the Town of Tingley.

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