Frederick E. Allen, 87, Army veteran, facilities manager

Frederick E. Allen, 87, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on January 21, 2013 after a brief illness.

Fred was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Leslie E. and Gladys Morgan Allen, a few miles upriver from where his ancestor Samuel Allen had settled in 1644.

After graduating from Springfield Technical High School in 1943, where he trained to be a draftsman, he entered the Army in 1944 and graduated in July 1945 from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Upon being commissioned, he was stationed near Fulda Gap, Germany, with the 3rd Infantry Division as part of the Occupation Forces.

Following his active duty, he entered the reserves and attended the University of Massachusetts - Amherst on the GI Bill.  There he was active in the Kappa Sigma fraternity (Gamma-Delta chapter) and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1951.

He spent most of his career in facilities management at several companies, including Technicolor, Perkin-Elmer, IBM, and PepsiCo.

It was at Perkin-Elmer that he met his wife, Evelyn, who he married in 1963.  Together they designed and built a house in Ridgefield, CT, where they lived for 33 years.  For several years in the 1970's, they owned Heyman Hardware in Danbury, CT.

Fred was an avid reader, with a focus on Civil War and WWII history; he also enjoyed woodworking, Red Sox baseball, German Shepherds, and in later years the company of a good cat named Sam.  His children remember his numerous aphorisms and references to “Harvey,” which they try to perpetuate.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his companion, Cathy Hummel; his parents; and his sister Marjorie.  He is survived by a daughter, Leslie Hartten (Paul Johnston) of Longmont, Colorado; a son, Bill Allen (Marisol Dela Ossa) of Olney, Maryland; a granddaughter, Kate Hartten; two nieces, Dorinda Ross of Fountain Valley, California, and Susan Clark of Arizona; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Ridgebury Congregational Church, 605 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield, CT, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, Rev. Pat Kriss of First Congregational Church in Danbury officiating.  Burial at Ridgebury Cemetery will follow.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Shields Hall, 602 Ridgebury Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS;

Hull Funeral Service, 60 Division St., Danbury is handling Connecticut arrangements.

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