Clarence L. Allen


Norway – Clarence Lee Allen, 81, of Oxford, died Sunday, May 7, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

He was born on May 3, 1925, in Woodstock, the son of Ida and Herbert Allen. He grew up in the Woodstock area and attended school there.

In 1942, at the age of 17, he along with his brother Herbert, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During World War II, he was engaged in combat on the islands of Guam, the Marianas, and Iwo Jima.

On Feb. 26, 1945, he was wounded in action during the battle for Iwo Jima and received the Purple Heart medal. On Aug. 1, 1948, he married his life-long love, Dorothy Rose Bixby of Oxford. He and Dorothy (Dot) lived in Minot for a number of years, where they raised their five children. Later, he and Dot moved to Oxford, where they became active in the Oxford Congregational Church.

He spent his working years as an automobile mechanic and part-time farmer. In his retirement years, he became more involved in veterans’ groups. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the Marine Corps League. He served in many capacities in these organizations, and was a past commander of both the Disabled American Veterans and the Marine Corps League.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Allen of Oxford; and their children, Andrew Allen of Rumford, Stanley Allen and his wife, Anne, of Minot, June Barton of Braden, Fla., Clarence Allen Jr. and his wife, Carol, of South Paris and a foster daughter, Judy Mullen of South Paris; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his one surviving sibling, Mae Lewis of Jeterville, Va.

He was predeceased by a son, Bertram Allen; a sister, Myrtle Sumner; and his brothers, Herbert and Edward.