Cleon Allen, 78

Cleon M. Allen, age 78, of Leonidas, died Tuesday Sep. 13, 2011.

He was born in Mendon on March 18, 1933, the son of Lyle and Frances (Cupp) Allen. Cleon was a 40-year employee of Simpson Paper Co. in Vicksburg. After retirement he enjoyed family and outdoor activities, fishing, and building bird houses.

On Aug. 22, 1953, Cleon married Joyce Wise in Leonidas. She survives, along with three children and their spouses, Gary and Debbie Allen of Mendon, Terry and Regena Allen of Colon, and Judy and Michael Fredricks of Clinton Township; grandchildren Brent and Janet Allen, Brian and Mandy Allen, Erik, Nick, and Megan Allen; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Alyssa, Jacob, and Derrick Allen; and by his faithful dog, Bear. Cleon was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard; and a granddaughter, Emily.

Cremation has been conducted. A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in Leonidas Cemetery with David Farrell officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the Colon Food Bank in care of Kay Holmes, 30071 Covey Road, Leonidas, MI 49066.

An online register is available and condolences may be left for the family at

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