Melvin Dean Allen

July 24, 1953 ~ October 30, 2021 (age 68)


Melvin Dean Allen, age 68, of Du Quoin, passed away peacefully at 7:25pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles, Missouri, surrounded by his loving family.

Melvin, Dean as most people knew him, was born in Cairo on July 24, 1953, the son of Clarence William and Mary Jane (Baggett) Allen. He married Karen Sue Gibson in Cairo on September 27, 1973. Together, they have shared more than 48 years of marriage.

Mr. Allen was a passionate member of the Spirit of Life Church in Du Quoin,  where he cherished his church family. A hard worker, Dean had worked previously at various jobs including fireman, dog catcher, and parking attendant for the state fairgrounds.  He enjoyed hunting at Campbell Pond and anything having to do with wildlife. Dean never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by all his family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife- Karen Sue (Gibson) Allen of Du Quoin

Daughter- Carolyn and Charles Spell of Du Quoin

Four Grandchildren- Shae Taylor of Du Quoin

     Jennifer Taylor and Matt Boston of Eldorado

     Joseph "J.J." Taylor of Du Quoin

     Raven Taylor of Du Quoin

Two Great Grandchildren- Febe and Navana Boston of Eldorado

Sister- Mary Drodge of Wickliffe, Kentucky

Brother- Jimmy and Pam Allen of Arlington, Kentucky

Sister- Nellie and Jimmy Britt of Sparta

Several Nieces and Nephews and Great Nieces and Great Nephews

A celebration of Dean's life will be held at 6pm on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Spirit of Life Church (720 N. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832). Rev. Harvey Baxter will officiate. A time of visitation will be held from 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Spirit of Life Church. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow the services at the church. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home in Du Quoin. 

For those who prefer, the family has requested your assistance in helping Dean fulfill one of his goals of trying to fill his State and National Park Quarters book. Check your quarters! If you have a State or National Park Quarter we encourage you to bring it to his service or mail to Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home; 11 S. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832. As Dean filled everyone's lives he touched with joy, let's fill Dean's Quarter Collection with Love! 

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November 13, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Spirit of Life Church
720 N Hickory Street
Du Quoin, IL 62832

Celebration of Life
November 13, 2021

6:00 PM
Spirit of Life Church
720 N Hickory Street
Du Quoin, IL 62832

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