Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, May 6, 2004


Vestil Clyle Allen was born May 31, 1917 in a little country home, near Martinsville, Missouri to Clarence and Dora (Booher) Allen. Vestil died at Haxtun Hospital at the age of 86.


Vestil was raised on the farm. Being the only son, he stared helping his dad with the farming after school and on weekends at a very early age. He would tell about following a walking plow behind a big team of horses, being so small, the plow would about throw him down when turning at the end.


Vestil graduated from eighth grade at a little country school and started attending Martinsville High School that fall. Even riding his favorite horse the 10 miles, he decided to quit after a few months and stay at home and help with the farm.


On July 3, 1936 Vestil took his girlfriend Mary Madeline Young to the July 4th celebration in Bethany. When they got to the celebration, they decided to drive over to Albany, the next county over, and get married. The marriage was a surprise to family and friends, but has lasted nearly 68 years. To this union three children were born.


Times were hard, but the couple farmed until the fall of 1957, when they sold their farm and bought a country grocery store in Brooklyn, Missouri. Having relatives in Colorado and liking the west, they decided to sell out and move to Colorado in 1961, retiring in Holyoke in the fall of 1981. Vestil loved the farm and continued to drive tractor for different farmers until health prevented him from it.


Vestil also enjoyed making things from wood, making a little chair for each of his grandkids and great-grandkids. Vestil also loved to read westerns and made good use of the Holyoke Library.


Vestil was preceded in death by his parents; sons Norman Eugene in 1938 and Edgar Duane in 1998; an infant sister Grace; and sister Fern and her husband Carroll McCampbell.


He is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Betty and husband Ted Roos; daughter-in-law Mary C. Allen of Holyoke; granddaughters Patricia and husband Kelly Lebsack of Greensboro, North Carolina, Debbie and friend Damon Ellis of Holyoke and Shonna and husband Dan Kafka of Holyoke; step grandchildren Linda and husband Mark Culverhouse of Spring Green, Wisconsin, Stephan Roos of Haxtun; great grandchildren Jessica and husband Antonio Ayala of Holyoke, Kendra Wettstein of Holyoke, Benjamin Kafka of Holyoke and Caleb Kafka of Holyoke, Tucker Lebsack of Greensboro, North Carolina; great great grandson Ashton Ayala of Holyoke; great great granddaughter Azaria Calderon of Holyoke; and many nieces and nephews.


Funeral services for Vestil C. Allen were conducted Monday, May 3 at the Roberts-Baucke Funeral Chapel in Holyoke with Rev. Roy Pfalztgraff officiating. Interment was in the Holyoke Memorial Park.





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