Gilbert "Gib" Allen, 87, of Quincy, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday (July 5, 2016) at the Illinois Veteran's Home.
Born March 13, 1929 in Steffenville, Missouri Gilbert was the son of Vaughn and Mabel Essie Waller Allen. He married Mildred R. Bailey on August 22, 1953 in Quincy. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2014.
Gilbert served his country in the United States Army in the 7th Calvary Regiment during the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Campaign Stars, the Bronze Star Medal Sec 2 GO 138 Hq 1st Cav, the Bronze Star Medal GO 141 Hq 1st Cav with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart GO 30 7th Cav Regt with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters for his heroism in action against an armed enemy on November 10, 1951, near San'gol, Korea. A patrol of Company I was suddenly ambushed and subjected to overwhelming enemy automatic weapons, small arms and grenade fire, pinning the unit down. As the patrol withdrew, it was further subjected to an intense volume of mortar fire, killing one and wounding others. Sergeant Allen, without regard for his own personal safety, circulated among his comrades, fearlessly exposing himself in order to administer first aid to the wounded. He finally emerged from the devastating enemy barrage carrying another aid man who was seriously wounded. Sergeant Allen's calm manner and courageous action served as a great inspiration to his comrades and undoubtedly saved the lives of many casualties. Sergeant Allen's heroism reflects great credit on himself and the military service. Gib was the Grand Marshall of the Veteran's Parade in 2013. In 2014, he had the honor of flying in the B-25 Bomber and in 2015, Gib was able to go on the Great River Honor Flight.
Gib was an active member of the Central Baptist Church serving as a Deacon, a Sunday School teacher and was also a member of the Loyal Workers class. He was Past President of the Quincy Emergency Corp. He loved to hunt, fish, go mushroom hunting, gardening and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan.
Gib was employed at the Harris Corporation for 45 years, retiring in 1987 in charge of the shipping department.
Survivors include a daughter, Becky Albert (Jim) of Quincy; three sons, Michael Allen (Joy) of Florissant, MO, John Allen of Quincy and Robert "Bob" Allen (Lisa) of Warsaw, IL; 15 grandchildren, Mike Turner (Stacey), Kristi Sloan (Scott), Keely Shaffer (Doug), Matt Albert, Cody Allen (Julie), Jeremiah Allen (Melissa), Jazmine Allen, Corrina Holleran (Kyle), Caitlin Allen, Jason Allen (Melanie), Tim Allen, Stefanie Allen, Travis Allen, Walker Allen and Easton Allen; fifteen great grandchildren, C.J. Turner, Molly Flanagan (Luke), Sean Turner, Brandy VanHyning, Taylor Sloan, Andrew Sloan, Brooke Shaffer, Jake Shaffer, Addalynn Allen, Grayson Albert, Josie Allen, Hannah Allen, Charles Allen, Henry Allen, Jackson Holleran and Mirabelle Holleran; and five great great grandchildren, Dylan Flanagan, Killian Flanagan, Patrick Flanagan, Bentley Steffen and Abel Steffen.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred; a son Joseph "Joe" Allen; and a daughter-in-law, Vicky Allen.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11:00 in the Central Baptist Church with Dr. Woodrow Burt officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail and the Quincy American Legion Post No. 37.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Friday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at the Central Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church, the Quincy Volunteer Emergency Corp or the Illinois Veteran's Home Activity Fund.