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Woodrow James Allen

Sep 24, 2013 - Staff

Woodrow James Allen, formerly of Lander, died after a six-year battle with cancer Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, surrounded by friends and family. He was 69 years old.

A celebration of life service will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Sterling Air, Carson City Airport, 2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, Nev.

Woodrow Allen was born Jan. 13, 1944, in San Francisco, the son of Laura and Woodrow Ratliff. He was later adopted by T.C. and Clydene Allen and raised in Lander where he developed his love of hunting, skiing, breaking horses, and playing the piano, organ and trumpet.

After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he attended Colorado State University where he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1971. While studying, he became close friends with Gary Ailes, who would later become his lifelong business partner at Sierra Veterinary Hospital.

He served as a Nevada State Delegate for the American Veterinary Medical Association and in 2008 was recognized as the Nevada Veterinarian of the Year. He was a past commander and member of the Carson City Sheriff's Aero Squadron, a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Carson City, a member of the Ormsby Sportsman's Association, and a proud member of the North American Sheep Hunters' Association Grand Slam Club.

His family said he liked scuba diving, piloting single engine aircraft, instructing ski lessons with the Carson City Youth Ski Program and mountain biking. He also took advantage of every opportunity to travel, which included a year in Europe as a ski instructor, four months in Chile with the Rotary Group Study Exchange, and numerous travels through Mexico, Canada and the United States.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Tish Allen; daughters Ashley Allen and Brandie Clark (Pat); sons Jon (Karri) and Danny (Tasha) Couste; grandchildren Christian and Taylor Clark, Kylie, Makenna, Conner, and Fallyn Couste; mother Clydene Allen; brothers Jim, Crosby and Phil Allen; and sister Sally Allen.

He was preceded in death by his biological parents, Laura Allen and Woodrow Ratliff; father T.C. Allen; brother Richard Allen; sister Clarlene Peil; and son Sean Allen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carson City Rotary Foundation or a charity of the donor's choosing.

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