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Harley Harrison Allen

ROSEVILLE-Harley Harrison Allen, 91, Roseville, passed away Friday, March 20, 2009, at 8:55 a.m. in the Roseville Country Manor, Roseville.

He was born June 13, 1917, in Floyd Township, Warren County, the son of Ray and Junie (Courson) Allen. He married Violet Owsley Feb. 3, 1945.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Carol (Bernie) Sims of Portland, Ore., and Colleen (Jerry) Melton, Abingdon; one son, Darwin (Patty) Allen of Lincoln; four grandchildren, Chad Pica, Adrian Strom, Samantha Allen and Ashley Allen; two great-grandchildren, Lillian and Harrison Strom; two sisters, Ruth Purchase, Abingdon, and Doris Dopp, Abingdon; two sisters-in-law, Ada Johnson and Alice Allen; and one brother-in-law, Robert Hardy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Troy, Russell, Leo, Marion, and Lyle, and two sisters, Ila Seideman and Ada Hardy.

Harley was a farmer. He and his wife lived in rural Abingdon for 23 years and in rural Roseville for 41 years. In his early years he enjoyed breaking and training colts, trail rides and farming with a team of horses. He became a purebred Chester White breeder and showed them at fairs for more than 55 years. He held 65 purebred auctions; he also enjoyed his cattle herd. He will be remembered for his passion for flowers and his gardens. He was an avid poetry writer, sharing with all those he encountered.

Services were Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in the Corman Memorial Home, Roseville, with the Rev. Michael Mayfield officiating.

Burial was in Abingdon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Swan Creek United Methodist Church and or a fund established in his name to assist young people through Teen Purebred.

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