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Gerald D. “Gary” Allen

December 29, 1946 - September 14, 2022

Gerald D. “Gary” Allen, age 75, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Born in Ottumwa, IA on December 29, 1946, he was a son of the late Royal and Pauline Allen, Jr. Gary proudly served his country in the United States Air Force Reserves during Vietnam and Desert Storm. He made a career as a Master Sargeant retiring after 38 years as a flight engineer. Gary also was a diesel mechanic for Oriole Chemical Carriers.

Gary enjoyed being a mechanic both as a profession and a hobby. He loved working on cars and being in the cockpit of an aircraft. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy J. Allen. He is survived by his loving daughters, Daina Parker (Jameson) of Middletown, and Dinae Woodside of Fredrica; grandchildren, Steven and Adrianna Woodside, and Emilia and Miles Parker; and siblings, Sue Sammons (Keith), and Bill Allen (Pam).

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30. A committal service will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or online by clicking here.

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12 Condolences for Gerald D. “Gary” Allen

  • I was so sorry to see this news. I served in the military with Gerald for many years. I remember he was just the kindest person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • I Flew many missions with Gary, a good friend, Flight Engineer. He will be greatly missed 🙏🙏🙏😢😢😢✈️✈️✈️✈️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • So very sorry for your loss Dinae, prayers for you & the kids🙏🏻

  • Flew with Gary for many years! One of the best people you could ever meet!!! Prayers for his family.

  • My condolences to the Allen family. Gary will be missed! He was a giant among men and wonderful friend and leader. 🇺🇸

  • I’m sorry so to hear this. I absolutely loved flying with Gary. He was such a great person and a fantastic flight engineer. Perhaps my most memorable trip with him was to Australia. We had such a great time. I still remember hearing him call out checklist responses from the flight engineer panel. My most sincere condolences.

  • He will be sorely missed! Gigantic heart, gigantic smile, the best of company. I am better for having had the opportunity to share in his company. Condolences to all who will miss him.

  • Sincerest condolences to Gary’s family, and thank you for sharing him with his fellow service members. Having flown with Gary as well, I remember him for how enjoyable he was to be around in or out of an airplane. Fortunate to have served along side a man of his caliber. God bless.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss, and saddened to hear this. 😢
    I’m sending love & strength to the family during this very difficult time. 🙏🏼❤️🫶🏼🕯️
    He was such a great man!

  • It was such an honor and joy to fly with Gary, He taught me so much about being an Engineer and I am so thankful for his mentorship. I really loved it when Gary would cook meals in the acft , they were wonderful. Flying with Gary was an experience that I will for ever cherish in my heart, I will truly miss him as a great friend, Flight Engineer and one of the kindest man I have ever known. I will hold him and his family in my prayers.

  • Daina, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I am very sorry for your your loss.

  • So sorry to hear that Gary passed away. He was a gentleman. Thoughts and prayers for Gary and his family.