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August 1, 2018 Marlyn "Hoddy" Allen
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Marlyn “Hoddy” Allen, 94, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018, at his home in West Chester. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Wellman. Pastor Mark Larson will officiate. Burial will be in the Wassonville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.1, 2018 at the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman. A memorial fund has been established for Wassonville Cemetery.

Marlyn “Hoddy” Lyle Allen was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Wellman, Iowa, the son of Glenn Thomas and Emma Mae (Perrin) Allen. He attended Wellman High School. He served one year in the Civilian Conservation Corp and then enlisted in the Unites States Marine Corp and proudly served his country from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific Theater during WWII. On Oct. 17, 1946, he was united in marriage to Gayle Maxine Ulin in Rock Island. She died Dec. 1, 1984. On June 7, 1986 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Mundt in Winterset. Hoddy has lived in the Wellman and West Chester communities all of his life, where he worked as a mason. He built his own business from the ground up after growing up in abject poverty. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wellman. He served on the Wellman city council for several years in the 1970's. Hoddy enjoyed woodworking, making model ships, raising tropical fish and guppies, and had a lifelong passion for raising pigeons. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Hoddy is survived by his wife: Jeanette of West Chester; son: Randy Allen of Wellman; two daughters: Julie (Dan) Reschly of Keota, Linda (Denny) Dawson of Wellman; son-in-law: Steve Clark of Iowa City; daughter-in-law: Tarin Bickford of Oregon; six step children: Diana (Gary) Carroll of Brighton, Donna (Kevin) Blair of Griswold, Jeff (Tamara) Holtmyer of Las Vegas, Nev., Jerry (Barbara) Holtmyer of Washington, Denise (Mike) Peiffer of Washington, Deb (Marty) Vohs of Moville; 17 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Maxine; daughter: Deborah Clark; grandson: Christopher Allen; step granddaughter: Mamie Blair; four great-grandchildren: Canaan Reschly, baby Chavez, Abjiah Reschly and Asael Reschly; three sisters; and five brothers.

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