Andrew Jeffreys Allen
Andrew Allen, 90, of Bemidji died Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, June 21, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Lou Ellen Hartley officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm with a Masonic Service at 5:30 pm, Thursday, June 20 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Inurnment will be at the Northwoods Cemetery in Hines, MN.
Andrew Jeffreys Allen was born on October 5, 1922 to Andrew and Martha Allen in Brewster, MN. After graduation from Brewster High School in 1940, he attended the U of MN until he enlisted in the US Army Air Force and served honorably from 1942-1946. He attended Worthington Junior College in 1947 and again in 1959. He married Vera Mae Garms on November 14, 1948 in the Presbyterian Church in Pipestone, MN. He managed the Gamble Skogmo Stores in MN, IA and Nebraska from 1948 to 1961. In 1961, the family moved to Bemidji where he received his BS Degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1962 and his MS Degree in 1965 in Mathematics from Bemidji State University. Andy taught Mathematics and Computer Science in the Bemidji School District from 1962 until he retired in 1985. He continued to volunteer in Mathematics with elementary students in Arizona and Bemidji after his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion, Eagles, and the AAD Temple of the Shrine. He was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, and the El Kanah Commandry. Andy will be remembered for his infectious smile, quick wit, vast knowledge, caring compassion for all the students and friends whose lives he touched, and his dear love for his family.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Vera, and daughter, Nedyne (Kenneth) Gustafson, Hines, MN, five grandchildren; Stacy Atkinson (Sherry Carlsrud), Moorhead, MN, Justin Gustafson, Hines, MN, Sara (Brad) Koenck, Maple Grove, MN, Shanna Gustafson, Hines, MN, and Megan (Dallas) Grabow, Rogers, MN, two great grandchildren, Mya Gustafson and Andrew Koenck, brother-in-law Sherwood Garms, Worthington, MN and several nieces and nephews. As the last remaining member of his family, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.