Obit: Allen, William James (1945 - 2009)



Surnames: Allen, Prihoda, Nelson, Knoll, Shukala, Dunster, Graff 

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 Dec. 2009 

Allen, William James (1 Dec. 1945 - 29 Nov. 2009) 

MONTROSE, Colo. -- William "Bill" James Allen, 63, of Montrose, Colo., died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at his home in Montrose, from complications of lung cancer. 

A memorial service will be held in the spring, and his ashes will be scattered on his ranch in Colorado. 

Bill was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Owen to Richard and Elsie (Prihoda) Allen. He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1964 and then from the Wausau Technical Institute. 

Bill moved to Colorado and worked for the Dover Elevator Company in Denver. He subsequently started his own elevator company, Mesa Elevator Company, in Grand Junction and later in Montrose. In 1982, Bill married Karen Nelson in Des Moines, Iowa. They were later divorced. 

Survivors include a brother, Richard Allen of Rochester, Minn.; and two sisters, Charlene Shukala of Phillips, and Paulette Dunster of Hayward. He is also survived by his good friends and neighbors, Douglas and Margaret Graff. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Knoll and Barbara Nelson; and brother, Thomas Allen. 



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