Life Story / Obituary
Robert “Bob” Edward Allen, 73, of Traverse City passed away Friday, February 3, 2023. He was born on June 24, 1949, in Grayling, the son of the late Raymond and Twyla (Misner) Allen. Bob graduated from Traverse City High School. He began working at Chef Pierre during high school. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic in December of 1968. After his service, Bob came back to Traverse City and continued his work at Chef Pierre. Bob married JoAnn (Crawford) of Pickford on July 15, 1972. After 42 years of work he retired from Sara Lee.
He was a member of the Traverse City Presbyterian Church. Bob enjoyed hunting, woodworking, and could fix almost anything. Bob also enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, but the most rewarding thing was spending time with his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Crawford) Allen; his sons, Chris (Rachel) Allen and Joe (Kayla) Allen; his 7 grandchildren, Sarah, Isaac, Abigail, Emily, Noah, Charlotte, and Rory; his siblings, Betty Bawks, Dave (Pat) Allen, Gary (Carol) Allen, and Tim Allen; and his mother-in-law, Shirley Crawford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Twyla Allen, and father-in-law, Albert Crawford.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition.
A service for family and friends will be held at a later date during the summer. Information will be shared at a later time.
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