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Errol “Vey” Allen
11/12/1937 — 01/05/2021
From Benton City, Washington | Born in Parma, Idaho
Errol “Vey” Allen
Errol “Vey” Allen went home to the Lord on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.
Vey was born as the first child to Lacy “Doc” and Wilma Allen (Rumley) on the family farm in Parma, Idaho, on November 12th, 1937. The doctor, believing him to be stillborn, promptly began working on Wilma, only to be surprised when he heard Vey fussing. This was the first of many pranks Vey would pull throughout his life. In his childhood, the family moved several times between Idaho and Colorado, with stints in Texas and Oregon, following his dad’s work and military service. In 1947, the family relocated to the Richland Y, and in 1950, they settled in Benton City, where Vey would graduate from high school, find and marry his sweetheart, raise his family, and end up spending the rest of his life.
After graduating high school in 1955, he heard about a new college opening in Pasco, so he decided to attend and finished in the first graduating class of CBC. He met Marjorie Wiles on a double date, and the two seemed to have hit it off, eventually spending 63 years together. After a short courtship, they were married in August of 1958 and wasted no time in starting a family, having two sons and a daughter in the span of four years.
Vey was first and foremost a family man, filling the role of Cub Scout leader, Little League coach, and number one fan of their children’s and grandchildren’s many athletic and extracurricular endeavors. He looked forward to annual vacations and hunting trips with his family and friends. His competitive nature was evident as he thoroughly enjoyed playing cards, darts, ping pong, checkers, and so forth, but this was most evident in his passion for pitching horseshoes. As one of the founders of the Columbia Basin Horseshoe Club, he worked to install pits at local parks, organize tournaments, and serve in leadership positions at the state and national level of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. Pitching shoes would lead to many travels and lifelong friendships for Vey and Marge.
As a teen, Vey would help his father and others build houses around Benton City, which led to a short career as a carpenter’s apprentice. He was always proud to say that he helped build Ice Harbor Dam. In 1959, he began working for General Electric as a technician on the Hanford Site and transferred to Battelle in 1965. His 37-year career included pioneering applications of laser and electro-optic technologies, for which he was recognized in several patents and invention awards.
Upon retirement, Vey continued to travel with Marge, mostly in their RV. He cherished any occasion for the family to get together, whether birthdays, graduations, or holidays, and he rarely missed an opportunity to shoot pool with his dear friends Jerry, Larry, and Jim. He and Marge stayed connected with old classmates in Friday night dinners.
Vey served his community as Benton City councilman and mayor, as well as church councilman. He and Marge served the Lord as devout Christians, attending the Columbia Foursquare Church for several years and, at the time of his death, LifeChurch7 in Richland. Last Sunday, the pastor’s message was about God giving us upgrades. As one of his 12-year-old great-grandsons remarked, “Grandpa got his upgrades.”
Vey is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marian Baxter (Allen).
He is survived by his wife, Marge, sons Jerry (Karen), Terry (Michelle), and daughter Denise; grandchildren Jason (Diane), Ben, Stu (Brandi), Chelsea, Craig, Scott, Todd, Jonathan, Micheal, and Nicholas (Courtney); and ten great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in Benton City on Wednesday, January 13th at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LifeChurch7 Upgrade the House fund.
Such fond memories of Vey especially in the Lobby at church & different functions. He was a character & a joy. We love you Marge &!sending prayers
Kev & Tracy
I have known no finer human being than Vey Allen. He was a gentleman, a jokester, storyteller, and a friend. He had more common sense in him than any 10 of us engineers put together and he made work fun. He was the heart and soul of Battelle’s old Electro-optics Section (EOS). If only his co-workers could get together, would we have stories to tell!
He led our softball team (the Laserjocks) and was a great sportsman. Vey had a competitive side and always beat me at darts, ping pong, or horseshoes. With Vey, even losing was fun!
Vey was a great example of how a person should live. Those that had the fortune and pleasure of knowing Vey will carry him in our hearts forever.
I close my eyes and can see Vey walking up already laughing about a joke he’s going to tell me (that he probably heard from Roy Kelly). Often times it was a real moaner.
Our deepest condolences to Margie and the family.
Praying that the Allen family will find comfort in the love and peace that our Lord provides. We can rejoice that Vey has completed this journey and moved on to a place that we can only imagine would be like. Sending hugs
I know Vey will be greatly missed. I remember his wonderful sense of humor. He was a wonderful man and cousin. God bless and keep your family.
A great man of God has gone to be with our Lord and savior for eternity. He was our brother-in-law. Heaven has gained much. We can’t bring him back but we can go to be with him when our time comes. For Jesus said that whosoever believes in me shall not perish but have everlasting life.
We have many memories of Vey. He was very humble but also very intelligent. As a boy, I remember him teaching me how to hunt pheasants. Bea and I got to spend a lot of time with Vey and Margie and their family after I moved to Illinois and we would come to Washington on vacations. He taught me how to play cribbage. I don’t think I ever beat him at cribbage. They taught us how to play golf with cards. They opened their doors and their hearts to make us feel at home with them. Vey tried to teach me how to pitch horseshoes, but I was never good at it.
We will miss him and never forget him.
Spent many hour with Rollie Hall and Vey going to CBC. Enjoyed many Friday night dinners together. Always good friends! Harlan and Norma
Many fond memories of attending Ki-Be with Vey and Margie. May happy memories sustain you all through this sadness. God bless.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Marge and Family. We pray that God’s love brings you peace in this very difficult time. Vey was a wonderful man who was very much loved. He will be missed by many. Blessings to all the Allen family.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. So many great times at dinners, birthday parties and most of all our many horseshoe tournaments and league. We will cherish these memories.
Vey is my 2nd cousin, as I am Lisa Rumley’s (Randall) daughter. I can still remember visiting my grandparents, Wesley & Bonnie, and going to Veys house to play on the pianos and he was always so nice. He will be missed.
What a gentle gaint Vey Allen was..he lived a long and beautiful life. Im a better man from knowing him.be at peace be with the lord
What a life he lived! Hugs to you all, and keeping you all in our prayers.
Love, Terry and Charlie George
Vey was a great man with a warm smile and big heart. He always full of kindness and the love of God. I loved talking with him about Horse shoe competitions he did. He will be greatly missed by his friends but happy in Heaven. We send our prayers and love to Marge and all the family. JimCindyK