Woodward – Memorial service for Major Thomas Ray Allen, 56, will be at 10 AM Saturday in the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mitch Stewart will officiate. Military graveside rites will be in Elmwood Cemetery, conducted by United States Air Force. Arrangements are by Billings Funeral Home.
He was born January 17, 1941, in Alva to Ray and Louise Sawyer Allen and died July 31, 1967, when and Air Force F – 4C, a two-seat twin – engine tactical jet fighter, piloted by Allen, was shot down while attacking an enemy truck in North Vietnam. He attended Woodward schools, graduating in 1959 and was active in sports and band. He then attended Oklahoma State University where he joined ROTC. He graduated from OSU in 1963 which a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant. In 1964, he was stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Enid. He then served in Bitburg, Germany, until he was assigned to Vietnam duty.
Allen was awarded the Air Medal with 10 Oak leaf clusters, small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Force Good Conduct medal and the Purple Heart.
He was married to Glenda Bloxsom. They had three children.
Surviving are two sons, Darby Ray Allen and Gregory Paul Allen, both of Tampa, Florida; one daughter, Celeste Rence Allen of Tampa, Florida; his parents, Ray and Louise Allen of Woodward; one brother, Burrell of Pampa, Texas; one sister, Patricia Tuck of Woodward; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the First United Methodist Church, Building Fund.
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