Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 14, 1984 for Arthur Caleb Allen, 99, former resident of the Wessington, South Dakota area who died Wednesday, November 7, 1984 at the home of his son in Spokane, Washington. Services will start at 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Presbyterian Church rural Wessington, with the Rev. Richard Lounsbery
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Wessington.
Friends may call at Reck Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Arthur Caleb Allen was born March 9, 1885 to Mayhew and Etta Allen in a sod house in
Allen Township, Beadle County.
In 1908 he married Evelyn Stobbs of Wessington. They had seven children, five of whom preceded him in death.
For many years he led one of the 4-H clubs in Hand County. He helped organize the
Grange in his community and was an active supporter of all community functions.
He helped build the Rose Hill Church. The first service in that church was the funeral for
his four children who died in a house fire.
He was one of the oldest living pioneers of the Wessington area, farming in Rose Hill
Township for more than 40 years.
They moved to Wessington after his retirement and later to Woodburn, Oregon. For the
past 2 1/2 years he lived with his son, Alvin.
A memorial has been established for the Wessington Auditorium Fund.
Survivors include one daughters, Mrs. Joanne Evans, Miller; one son, Alvin, Spokane,
Washington; one sister, Mrs. Edna Sobolewski, Glen Burnie, Maryland; 5 grandchildren
and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1950; his parents; five children; two
grandchildren and a great-grandchild; three sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers are John McInnis, Lloyd Christensen, Jack Duxburg, Ray Ross, Nova Palmer and Don King.
Arthur Caleb Allen
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