Herman Layman Allen, Jr., age 84, of Hodgenville, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.
He was a member of Wesley Meadows United Methodist Church and served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and had also been the captain of the church dart ball team for years. Herman graduated from Rineyville High School in 1956 and joined the US Air Force where he served as an aircraft mechanic for four years. When he returned from the Air Force in 1960, he was working at the family garage when Mr. H.L. Perkins, Principal of Rineyville High School, came by and said “Get in, I am taking you to school to meet Ms. LaRue County.” Betty was teaching when they walked in her classroom. He said “Ms. Clark, I want you to meet Junior.” The rest is history. Herman and Betty were married on August 19, 1961 and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this year. Herman worked as service manager for over 30 years at a car dealership which has been Pate Motor Company, Tinsley Olds and Cadillac and Wilson Olds and Cadillac in Elizabethtown. After retiring, he worked as a salesman for Garrett’s Furniture in Hodgenville and did upholstery and picture framing on the side. He was an avid Kentucky basketball fan who enjoyed life and loved playfully joking with others. He never met a stranger and always asked their name and where they were from.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Layman and Margaret Allen.
Herman is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Betty Clark Allen; two children, Cindy (Tim) Ford of Waddy and Troy (Debra) Allen of Guntown, MS; a brother, Ralph (Sandy) Allen of Louisville; five grandchildren, Kevin (Sarah) Ford, Josh (Lauren) Ford and Emily, Ryan and Courtney Allen and a great-grandson, Kooper Ford.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, July 5, 2021, at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville with Bros. Andrew Singh, Wallace Votaw and Allen Firquin officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery in Hodgenville.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 PM, Sunday and after 9:30 AM, Monday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777
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