John Robert Allen

John Robert Allen, 75, of Tecumseh died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at his home. He was born December 5, 1944 in Owasso, Okla., the son of the late Robert Cecil and Virginia (Lee) Allen.  On August 25, 1969 at the Naval OCS Chapel in Newport, R.I., he married Mary Elizabeth Philpot and they have shared 50 years together.  

John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Tecumseh Products Company after 30 years as a Quality Control Engineer. John enjoyed volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program. He loved playing bridge and was a gold master of bridge.

Besides his wife, Mary, John is survived by his children, Bob (Libby) Allen of Ypsilanti and Barbra Allen of Saginaw; two brothers, Jim (Marsha) Allen of Lancaster, Calif. and Gerry Allen of Seattle, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Allen.

Visitation for John was held on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2–5 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Isaacs officiating with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors followed the service under the auspices of the Tecumseh American Legion Post #34 and VFW Post #4187. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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