Hotchkiss resident SGM James B. Allen, U.S. Army Retired, passed away peacefully at his home in Hotchkiss, Colo., Feb. 9, 2018. He was 81.
Born Jan. 10, 1937, in Bangor, Maine, to Henry and Dorothy Allen. Jim joined the Army National Guard at age 18, launching a 38-year career of inactive and active duty that included multiple assignments, trainings, campaigns and rank advancements. During this time he earned a college degree in business and accounting.
As a leader of men, and having served his country with great devotion, Jim was honorably discharged from the United States Army (E9) Sept. 13, 1992.
Married his High School sweetheart, Juanita MacDougall 1958. They shared two children, Jamie Haze and Janine Elaine. He is survived by his wife Pamela Allen and daughter Janine Ozment with her husband Joe Ozment.
He was preceded in death by his son Jamie Haze Allen Shoob 2011.
Jim and Pamela retired to Colorado in 2007 where he enjoyed spending time loving the Colorado Mountains, growing an organic garden, watching multiple wildlife/birds and hosting summers of joyful grandchildren.
Jim was married to "the love of his life" Pamela. He was her husband, soul mate, best friend, lover, protector, confidant and companion. It is with the heaviest of hearts that she tells him Goodbye.
Jim was a big brother to Jae. A loving daddy, father and friend to Janine Ozment, Jamie Allen, Page Osborn, Paulina Schubel and Paulette Davis. A loving father-in-law to Joe, Michael, Justin, Richie, Lorenzo and Jennifer. A wonderful grandfather to Blake D., Chris, Amanda, Alex A., Samantha, Blake W., Britton, Tanner, Kristi, Kylie, Alex S. and Abby.
A great-grandpa to Abigail, Gregory, Zaniyah bug, Christopher, Mason, Sawyer Jo, Charolette, and little Jameson who will grace us with his presence to earth in about three weeks.
Loving friend and family member to Rick and Frankie Korcsog, Jewell (and late husband) David Farr.
Jim was an asset to Society, a friend to all who knew him, served with him or had the pleasure of meeting him. He loved his Lord Jesus Christ, and emulated his life.
Goodbye "Gentleman Jim" ... Until we meet again.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held at the family's home this summer in Hotchkiss, Colo.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.