About JAMES EDWARD ALLEN
Ionia Sentinel Standard, 7 Dec 2004 James Edward Allen, aged 60, of Lake Odessa passed away at his home December 6, 2004 after a long fight with kidney cancer. Jim was a farmer his entire life and milked Holstein dairy cows for 32 years. He was an avid small game and deer hunter and belonged to the Midway Fox Club. Jim played cards. He is survived by his parents, Roger and Alona Allen, his loving wife of 42 years, Linda; daughters, Rebecca (Tim) Orosz of Grand Rapids, Cindy Allen of Lake Odessa; sons, Phillip (Cheryl) Allen of Muir, Mark Allen and friend Amber Stanger of Woodland; sister, Barb (John) Kruis of Grand Rapids; sister-in-laws, Ruth Ann Allen (Ernie) Newman of Saranac, Shirley (George) Miner of Sturgis, Brenda (Don) Williams of Richland; brother-in-law, Howard Smelker of Lauderdale Lakes, FL; grandchildren, Michael Tabb, Nicolette and Joey Orosz, Derke Figel, Faith Allen, Steven and Nolan Allen, Lane Thomas Allen, and Alexus Gillions; and many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Lane Allen; brother William Allen, grandparents, William and Laura Allen; and father and mother-in-law, Pete and Neva Smelker. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December at the Koops Funeral Chapel in Lake Odessa. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lakewood United Methodist Church with Reverend Tim Bateman and Reverend Mick Funderburg officiating. A private family burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery. The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia Area Hospice or church of donor’s choice.