Allen Allard, age 90, Long Valley, S.D., died Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the Bennett County Hospital in Martin.
Allen John Allard was born Nov. 7, 1925, at his parents’ homestead eight miles southwest of Long Valley, the son of Carl and Della (Weisenberger) Allard.
He grew up there and attended Pleasant Hill rural school a few miles north of the homestead. His high school years were spent at Wanblee, and his junior and senior years at Interior, graduating in 1943.
After graduation, he worked on his parents’ ranch and also taught at the Pleasant Hill rural school for a short time, while waiting for a permanent teacher to fill the position. After his teaching stint, he went to work for Faye Metzinger in Martin. While in Martin, he met Norma Lee Moore. After earning enough money, he purchased some land two miles east of his parents homestead.
Allen was united in marriage to Norma Lee Moore in November of 1947, and to this union were born three children, Andy, Sharon and Lon Lee. They made their home on the ranch their entire married life and worked side by side raising cattle, sheep, and farming.
At a young age, Allen enjoyed rodeo and playing baseball in Long Valley. He also owned an airplane, and enjoyed touring the countryside by plane. He was a Shriner, a member of the Eastern Star, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Atkinson and her husband, Lenny, Laramie, Wyo.; his son, Andy Allard and his wife, Kathy, Dillon, Mont.; four grandchildren, Darin (Lisa) Allard, Albuquerque, N.M., Kim O’Bryan, Laramie, Josh Atkinson, Laramie, and Cameron Allard, Holdridge, Neb.; four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Madison, Jordan and Logan; two stepgrandchildren, Lenny (Niki) Atkinson, Jr. and Naomi Atkinson, all of Laramie; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Allard of Holdridge, Neb.; one sister, Ardis Ladely, Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Lee Allard, in 2001; his son, Lon Lee Allard; his parents; three brothers, Ernest, Gene and Carl; and one sister, June Rose Good.
A memorial is established to Bennett County Home Health.
Masonic graveside rites were held Monday, March 21, at the Martin Cemetery in Martin.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.