RichaRd “dutch” allen

Richard “Dutch” Allen, age 83 of Moline, KS passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Richard was born January 4, 1936 in Dennis, KS to Carl and Minnie (Reardon) Allen, growing up with 6 brothers and 2 sisters. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1954. In August 1953, he married Norma Jean Wilkinson, and they had 4 children: Cynthia, Deborah, Diana, and Jeffrey. They later divorced. In June 1969, he married Evelyn Sherrick, and they had 3 children: Chad, Karla, and Lori. Richard and Evelyn were married until her passing in 2010.

Richard lived many places around Kansas, working as a Pipe Fitter until he settled in Moline in 1987. He was a story teller, and would tell stories to anyone that would listen. He was also a little ornery, and would bet anyone he could stand on his head longer than they could, knowing that he could easily beat them.

He loved to garden, enlisting all of his kids to help him tend to the weeds and bugs, as his gardens were always very large. Richard was an avid reader, reading every Zane Grey book ever written.

He raised horses in his younger years, and loved horse racing. His favorite was the Kentucky Derby.

Richard is survived by his children, Jeffrey Allen and wife Maggie of Lafayette, CO; Chad and wife Angela of Moline, KS; Cynthia Lopez and husband Adam of Independence, KS; Deborah Eastman of Bartlesville, OK; Diana Wintle and husband Bob of Parsons, KS; Karla Julian and husband Steve of Molie, KS; Lori Talley and husband John Eureka, KS; 17 Grandchildren; and 19 Great-granchildren, with 2 more joining the family soon; and one brother, Don Allen of Monticello, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Evelyn; granddaughter Megan Wintle; brothers Kenley, Charles, Dean, Stanley, Darrel; and sisters Evelyn McDowell, and Lillian McDowell.

Visitation was held Monday, May 13, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, Howard, KS 67349

Graveside service was held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Moline City Cemetery, Moline, KS 67353

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Moline Library and can be mailed to or left with the Funeral Home.

Services entrusted to: Countryside Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, PO Box 1233, Howard, KS 67349

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