Donald H. Allen

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Donald Heath Allen, 82, of Ludington, Michigan, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Medilodge of Ludington. He was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Denver, Colorado, the son of Donald and Genevieve (Whitaker) Allen Sr.

Donald was a quiet man who liked solitude, especially out of doors. As a young man he was a beekeeper, hunted, fished and trapped. He was featured in the Field & Stream magazine for his hunting. He was well known in the Ludington area for his fishing, and led fishing expeditions to out-of-state guests on the Pere Marquette River, as well as teaching fly fishing classes.

Donald loved electronics, and eventually invented machinery that was patented and used by the Department of Interior, who invited him to join a submarine expedition in Lake Superior using his machinery.

Donald retired in 1993 from the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Sea Lamprey Control station in Ludington as a Biology Technician. Following his retirement he volunteered and was eventually hired by the Michigan State University Extension Agency surveying local fruit orchards and identifying numbers of different destructive insect species affecting the orchards.

Donald was an active and longtime member of St. Simon Catholic Church. He was also very involved with the local duplicate bridge clubs, and directed several weekly bridge games. He traveled and participated in bridge tournaments throughout the state.

After retirement, Donald focused on gardening and his beloved lilies until his final illness.

Donald is survived by: his daughters, Patricia (Allen) Stickels, Cynthia (Allen) Watanabe, and Kathleen Allen; his significant other, Mary JoAnn Badner; his brothers, James Allen and Douglas Allen; and his grandchildren, Katie Watanabe, Amy (Paprocki) Daye and Robert Stickels.

Donald was preceded in death by: his wife, Shirley (Moes) Allen; son, Robert Lee Allen; daughter, Sandra Jean Allen; brother, George Allen; and grandson, Tommy Watanabe.

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 967 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, Pere Marquette Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.