Paul E. “Sonny” Allen left this life on Dec. 4, 2011 at 9:55 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. Sonny was born on Sept. 5, 1934 to Earl and Freda (Merriman) Allen. On July 2, 1954 he married Geraldine Ramsey.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; two daughters, Debbie Smith and husband Randy and Sandra Frick and husband Marvin; a son, Mike Allen and wife Sara; grandchildren, Randa (Smith) Rowland and husband Chris, Cody Allen, Ethan Allen and Jacob Frick; and great-granddaughter Shaylen Rowland, all of Bonnie.
He is also survived by a sister, Norma Jean Harvill; brothers, Lowell Allen and wife Darlene, Buddy Allen and wife Brenda all of Bonnie, and Donald Allen and wife Mary of Mattoon; sister-in-law, Geraldine Ramsey of Sarasota, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Ted Ramsey of Bonnie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Freda; a granddaughter, Chanda Jean Smith; father and mother-in-law, Roy and Neveda Ramsey; brother, Ray Allen; sister-in-law, Trudy Allen; brothers-in-law, Roy Harvill and Randall Ramsey; and nieces Vera Allen and Jeanette Allen Hayes.
Sonny was a lifelong farmer and always loved horses. He was a member of the Bonnie Methodist Church, President of Kirk Cemetery Board, past road commissioner of Dodds Township, served on the Dodds Grade School Board of Education, served as a Community Committeeman for the Jefferson County ASCS Office for over 30 years, was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, was a member of the Illinois Pulling Horse Association, and drove a school bus for Bonnie Grade School for several years. He also started the Bonnie Saddle Club on his dad’s ground and announced several horse shows in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He retired from the Rend Lake Conservation District after 23 years of service. His enjoyment included working with horses and mules on the farm and giving his grandkids horse sled rides. His greatest enjoyment in life came from his grandkids.
Private services will be held. Bro. Lloyd Adams will officiate and burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorials be given to Kirk Cemetery and they will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.
Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.