John passed away on January 11, 2019 at the Neepawa Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.
John was born on the home farm at Elm Creek, MB to Tom & Mary (Forester) Allen. He was the fourth of seven children. He farmed at Elm Creek until 1965, then bought the Neil Stewart farm at Glenella were he resided until his passing. In 1966 he married Margaret Simm, and together they had two sons Lionel and Gordon-Andrew.
Left to cherish many years of memories are his wife Margaret; sons Lionel of Anola, MB, and Gordon-Andrew of Winnipeg; grandson Reece; granddaughters Taylor and Makayla; sisters Helen of Merritt, BC, and Nora of Duncan, BC; brother Fred (Doreen) of Carstairs, AB; sister in law Vicky Simm of Calgary, AB and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was predeceased by his parents Tom & Mary Allen; brother Jim (Marg) Allen; sister Grace (Joe) St Hilairie; brothers in law Peter Stoneman and John Wilbur; brother Dennis and parents in law Fred & Marjorie Simm.
John possessed a great sense of humour right up to a few days before his passing. Farming was his life and especially his herd of Black Angus cattle. It was a difficult decision and a sad day when they had to be sold. Thanks to Kolby for buying them and pasturing a few so John had some cows to “check”. Difficulty in mobility the last few years kept him from tinkering in his workshop, but his quad gave him the freedom to get around the yard, check cattle and sometimes just disappear.
He was extremely proud of his two sons. The grandchildren added a great deal of pleasure to his life. He enjoyed reminiscing tales of his younger years and teasing them. Makayla especially enjoyed all his horse adventures.
He was a friend to all, loved to visit and reminisce of the good old threshing days.
He will be missed by many but is now pain free.
In accordance with John's wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held.
Neepawa District Palliative Care Service
Box 1240, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0,