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Kenneth and Wava Allen

Kenneth Earl Allen, 90, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Flemington, Pennsylvania, peacefully entered the Kingdom of Heaven on July 21, 2022. He was happily reunited with his wife of 67 years, Wava Elaine Platt Allen.

Ken was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He had a welcoming personality, was fondly known for his lively discussions of current affairs, as an austere food critic, and as a wonderful and loving husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Born in March 1932 to Clara Edith Allen Crawford of Farrandsville, Ken was the eldest of eleven children. He spent his youth venturing around the Lock Haven/Castenea area and attended Lock Haven High School. He then attended Lock Haven State College with his GI Bill benefits.

Ken was a proud Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. He enlisted at age 17 and was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class (A1C) with a good conduct medal. He received basic training at Lackland AFB in Bexar County, Texas, and received his technical training as an aircraft and engine mechanic at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Later, Ken served as an Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Mate assigned to the 6600th Air Depot Wing, Military Air Transport Service (MATS), Northeast Air Command (NEAC) at Torbay AB, St. Johns, Land -New.

He served throughout Newfoundland, Labrador and Greenland. During the 18 months of NEAC assignments, Ken was most fondly remembered of the cold winters and the challenges of working and living in constant sub-zero weather conditions, as well as the long summer days. He has always welcomed the freedom at Mitchel AFB and the fun of NYC.

He was a life member of the American Legion and attended functions at Beech Creek American Legion Post 623.

When Ken returned to Lock Haven in late 1952, he was reunited with family and friends. He used his military training as an aircraft mechanic to get a job with Piper Aircraft. There he reunited with childhood friends and made many other lifelong friendships. He spent the next 30 years progressing through many missions, ending up in the radio room and installing communications and avionics equipment.

He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

During his tenure at Piper, he noticed an attractive woman in the sewing department across the aisle. He shared with a colleague that he would marry this girl. Later, while with a friend at a local restaurant in Lock Haven, he noticed this same woman sitting in a booth. Uninvited, he approached her and introduced himself. Eventually, he asked her for a date that she agreed to on one condition, that they would go fishing with her father at Pine Creek.

The successful date led to Ken and Wava’s wedding in December 1954, less than two years after he returned to Lock Haven.

In 1986 Ken joined Wava full time with his business providing sewing machine maintenance and repair services. Together they ventured across the country every year to trade shows and business conventions. They often regaled the family with their adventures in New York, Nashville, Louisville, New Orleans, Denver and Las Vegas and the fun of getting to their destination.

Yearly trips later evolved into more personal adventures in national parks, Seward, Alaska, Tuscany, and his long-awaited return to St. Johns, Newfoundland in September 2001.

With the arrival of his grandchildren, Ken enjoyed annual family trips to Lewes, Del. He enjoyed swimming in the ocean and hiking in Cape Henlopen State Park with his grandchildren, finding ghost crabs, horseshoe crabs, and digging for sand fleas with the grandchildren. .

Home later in retirement, Ken enjoyed sitting on the back porch with Wava, entertaining guests and watching deer, rabbits, albino squirrels, cardinals and doves.

He also helped design the annual Halloween costumes for the grandchildren, building the infrastructure for Wava’s elaborate designs.

In addition to his wife and mother, Ken was predeceased by his daughter, Yvonne M. Allen, of Campbell, NY, in 2020.

Ken is survived by his children, Karen (Charles) Harvey, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and Ken (Wendy) Allen, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren, Amanda (Joseph) Osterberger and Emily (Jason) Born, all of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sarah Harvey of Washington, Pennsylvania; as well as her beloved great-grandchildren, Cooper, Saylor and Skylar.

Ken (Pete) is survived by his siblings, Barbara Dauberman, of Mill Hall, and Larry Crawford, of Lamar, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by siblings Patricia Hamilton, Kathryn Treas, Melvin Crawford, Eleanor Crawford, Shirley Butler, Harry Thomas Crawford, William Crawford and Richard Crawford.

The family would like to recognize everyone who has helped care for Ken over the past few years; Goodwill Ambulance Association, UPMC Lock Haven, Bethany Village, Homeland Hospice and Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, Ken would like you to donate to your favorite charity or the Goodwill Ambulance Association, 512 Canal St., Lock Haven, PA 17745.

A funeral to celebrate Ken’s life will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Malpezzi Funeral Home, 8 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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