Lives Lived: Eldred Allen |

Lives Lived: Eldred Allen

Eldred F. Allen died Jan. 24. He was 96.

A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, Grass Valley.

He was born Sept. 15, 1913, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Urban and Nellie Allen. He lived on a ranch for the first 15 years of his life, then moved with his family to Cripple Creek, Colo., where he graduated from high school and worked in the gold mines. He worked in several mines throughout the western U.S.

He married Mercedes J. Bowling on Sept. 1, 1940, in Bisbee, Ariz.

He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 and served as a radio and radar technician until 1946.

The Allens moved to Grass Valley, where he worked in various mines and was safety engineer for the Empire Star mines until they closed.

Mr. Allen then worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1954 as a mine safety inspector, living in the East Bay, and he retired as a subdistrict manager in 1974.

The Allens returned to Grass Valley, and they enjoyed years of traveling and camping throughout the West.

He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of California, Grass Valley Lodge No. 23, for more than 60 years.

Mr. Allen is survived by his daughter, Jane L. (Jerry) Hickey of North Bend, Wash.; grandchildren, Sean, of North Bend, Torin of Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., and Molly, of Winthrop, Wash.; nephew, Terry Tankersley, and niece, Judy Tankersley, both of Virginia City, Nev.; and great-grandchildren, Dusty, Grey and Sam Patterson, of Winthrop, and Logan and Balleigh Hickey, of Snoqualmie Pass.

He was preceded in death by his wife, son and two sisters.

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