RALPH W. ALLEN
ALLEN RALPH W.
Age 96, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Sherwood Oaks Retirement
Community, Cranberry Township. Born January 23, 1917 in Coraopolis, he was
the son of the late Harvey and Ida (Farrell) Allen. He married Louise
Kellum on December 15, 1945 in Cincinnati, OH. They resided in Mt. Lebanon
for 30 years before moving to Sherwood Oaks in 1985. His beloved Louise
preceded him in death on October 29, 2005. Ralph received his Bachelor of
Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and his Master of
Science in Meteorology from California Institute of Technology. Ralph
proudly served during World War
the 3rd Air Division of the 8th Air Force Weather Headquarters in
England, Elveden Hall. After 34 years of service, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph
W. Allen honorably retired from the United States Air Force in 1977.
Following WWII, he was employed at Alling & Cory in Pittsburgh until
retirement in 1982. He is survived by his son, David B. Allen (Sandra); his
daughter, Margaret A. "Peg" Rychcik (Rev. Dr. Joseph); five grandchildren,
Holly Cook (Stephen), David S. Allen, Jennifer May (Charles), Philip
Rychcik (Charissa), and Mark Rychcik; two great-grandchildren, Shawn and
Emma Cook; his brother-in-law, Lee Kellum (Ruth); his niece, Linda Smith;
and his nephew, Richard Kellum. In addition to his wife and parents, he was
preceded in death by his sister, Mary Margaret Allen; his brother and
sister-in-law, Junius F. and Zella Allen; and a nephew, James M. Allen
(Gayle). Ralph will be laid to rest with military honors on Wednesday, June
12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jefferson Memorial Park, 401 Curry Hollow
Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (Friends are invited to attend). A memorial
service will be held in celebration of Ralph's life at 3:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in the Auditorium at Sherwood Oaks Retirement
Community, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, with Rev. Dr.
Daniel M. Corll and Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Rychcik, officiating. If desired,
memorial contributions may be made in Ralph's honor to the Sherwood Oaks
Resident Association, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, or
the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 670 Pleasant Hills Road, Wexford, PA
15090. Funeral Services were entrusted to the GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME &
CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 10, 2013
On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM, Virginia Curulla <latta4gen(a)comcast.net>wrote:
I had a phone call from Ralph's daughter a couple of days ago. She said
that he died on June 4th in Cranberry Twp PA. Margaret noted that Ralph
always enjoyed the newsletter and looked forward to receiving it. If he
has any subscription value left, we can use his old address. His mail is
being forwarded to her.
Ralph had a lot of family information and she is not sure now what the
family will do with it -- "food for thought" for all of us. I mentioned
the Latta archives at the Ft Wayne library, which she was interested to
Are the archives still being handled by our society as regards forwarding
information to them?
Hope all are having a good summer.
Virginia Latta Curulla
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