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David R. Allen, Sr.

David R. Allen, Sr., 93, of Ipswich Road, Boxford,  formerly of Topsfield and Saugus and husband of the late Leona (Batchelder) Allen,  died Sunday, November 27, 2011 in his home following his long illness.

Born in Saugus January 13, 1918 son of the late Robert T. and Margaret (Russell) Allen, he was raised in Saugus, a 1936 graduate of Saugus High School. As a young man he worked in the families hardware, Allenís Hardware Store in Saugus, entering the Army in 1942. He served in  France and England with Army Air Corps as an air traffic control officer. He was instrumental in establishing the Orly Airfield in France.  Discharged as a Captain he returned to Saugus and employment in the families business from which he retired in 1994. For thirty five years the Allens made their home and raised their family in Topsfield, residing in Boxford for the past five years. Mr. Allen was a longtime member of the Byfield Parish Church and was a sixty year member of the Saugus American Legion Post #210.

He is survived by two sons, David R. Allen, Jr. and his wife Merril of Boxford and Peter G. Allen of Manchester, NH; seven grandchildren Jessica Strzepek of Georgetown, Nathaniel Allen of Seattle, WA, John Allen of Raeford, NC, Benjamin Adelman of Boxford, Hannah Menzer of Malden, and Sarah Adelman and  Eli Adelman both of Topsfield, and eleven great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held graveside in the Riverside Cemetery, Saugus at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the VNA Care Network and Hospice, 5 Federal Street #2, Danvers, MA 01923.

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