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Michael E. Allen

Jun 28, 2016 From Staff

Michael E. Allen died at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 60.

A memorial service is planned for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Museum of the American West at outdoor pavilion area in Lander.

Michael E. Allen was born in Cheyenne on July 8, 1955, to Margaret Anne (Babcock) Allen and Darrell E. "Pete" Allen. He lived in Cheyenne through his youth, attending grade school, middle school and high school there.

He joined the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He served as a corpsman during his time in the Navy. He took his training in San Diego, and he was stationed in Guam for most of his tour and. He was honorably discharged.

Mike married and had his sons Jeremiah and Joshua while living in New Mexico in the late 1970s and early 1980s while working for the phone company. He moved to Denver in the early 1980s, continuing his work for the phone company. His youngest son, Gene, was born there.

In 1985 Mr. Allen moved to Lander. He started working for the Wyoming State Training School and continued working there until his health diminished and forced him to retire.

"Mike was an avid musician," family members said. "He had a great love for the guitar and drums. He loved all music, but rock 'n roll and country were in his heart and soul.

"Mike also had an adventurous side to him, fishing the rivers and lakes wherever he lived.

"Camping and campfires were always enjoyed whenever possible.

His love for his pets was endearing and kindness to all animals of all kinds made Mike so very special. He is missed and loved dearly."

Mike Allen is survived by his mother, Margaret Mewes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; siste, Cheryle Tafoya (Dave) of Lander; sons Jeremiah (Amber), Joshua Allen and Gene Kurpis; brothers John (Michelle) and Chris (Debby) Nelson, both of Colorado; nephews Nic Tafoya and Christopher Nelson, both of Colorado; nieces Tara Tafoya and Jordan Nelson; great-nephews Gabe and Orion Tafoya; and several grandchildren that he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell "Pete" Allen, stepfather Hugh Mewes, and several aunts, uncles, grandparents and dear friends.

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