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Information for Ernest Ray Allen
24 August, 1908
10 November, 1995
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
12 November, 1995
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Ernest Allen

     Ernest Ray Allen, 87, died at his home on Friday, November 10, 1995.  Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 1995, at Southside Boulevard United Methodist Church, 5420 Southside Boulevard, Nampa, Idaho 83686.  Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip Funeral Chapel.  Pastor Dan Wilson-Fey will officiate.  Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
     Ernest was born on August 24, 1908 to Howard and Emma Allen, who came top Nampa in 1901, moving to the Franklin community, north of Nampa where they farmed on the Boise River.  Ernest grew up on the farm and began farming with his twin brother, Irvin, his father and older brothers.  He attended Franklin school and graduated from Nampa High School in 1927.  In 1929, Ernest moved with his family to a newly purchased farm in the Deer Flat area, sough of Nampa.  Ernest and his twin continued farming together until Irvin's death in 1952.  Ernest farmed until his retirement.
     With the 1929 move, the Allen family joined the Southside Boulevard United Methodist Church.  Ernest took an active part in the church from his very first Sunday, when he and his twin brother sang a duet.  From that time on, Southside Methodist Church was a large part of his life.  Ernest was a beloved member and an active participant in every activity of the congregation from that first Sunday in 1929 until the day of this death.
     Ernest  was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, past president of the Countrymens Club, a member of the board of both Samaritan Hospital and Mercy Hospital, a member of the school board of Sunny Ridge School, the Canyon County School District, and served for seven years as a school board member of the Nampa School District.  He was on the Salvation Army Board for many years.  As a State Representative from Canyon County, Ernest served in the Idaho Legislature for 18 years.  He was on the House Education Committee for all of those 18 years and committee chairman for his last two terms.  He was one of the leaders in the battle in the sixties for public kindergartens.  He sponsored the first bill to provide state funding for special education.  As described by The Idaho Statesman in naming him a Distinguished Citizen, "Idaho's schoolchildren rarely have had a better friend than Ernest Allen."
     Ernest Allen was a joyous person.  He loved life and invited those around him to join in his joy.
     He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth; two daughters, Shirley Carlson of Portland Oregon, and Mary and Armand Stephens of Fremont, California; a son and daughter-in-law, Franklin and Nadine Allen of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and six grandchildren; Tonia and Andrea Allen of Vancouver, Erik Allen of Cabot, Vermont, Myron Stephens of Roseville, California, Annette Carlson of Napa, California and Brent Carlson of Portland, Oregon.
     Memorials may be made to Southside Boulevard United Methodist Church, 5420 Southside Boulevard, Nampa, Idaho 83686.
     Friends may call at Alsip Funeral Chapel on Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. until noon.