Danny Ray Allen, 66, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2023, in Elizabethtown after a brief illness.
Danny was born March 26, 1957, in Fort Knox and remained in Hardin County his entire life, devoting his career and energies to the service of the people of his hometown and the betterment of his community. Danny was a graduate of West Hardin High School, Class of 1975.
Among his many roles, Danny served as a former deputy sheriff for Hardin County, former Ky. 86 Fire Department chief and member, assistant road supervisor and then road supervisor for a combined 23 years, served on the Hardin County Schools Board and most recently retired as Jailer at the Hardin County Detention Center. Danny also was owner of Allen Spreader Service & Trucking, Cecilia Truck Sales, Allen Auction Company and co-owner of Hilton & Allen Auction Company.
Dannys faith was instilled at a young age and was deeply important to him throughout his life. He was a deacon at Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church and Cecilia Baptist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher as well. Most recently, he was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church.
Danny became known for his hard work ethic and his perseverance, traits he proudly passed on to his children, Matthew and Jenna. Widely known for his helpful nature and tender heart, Danny often assisted family, friends and colleagues with virtually any tasks he was able to accomplish. During his tenure as jailer, he established a donation program that enabled inmates to provide Christmas gifts to their children who came for visits.
A love for fishing and hunting was passed on to his children and grandchildren and memories of days on the pontoon boat or fishing in the pond will be remembered fondly by his family. Danny also enjoyed weekly fishing tournaments with his cousin, Dale Lewis. His grandchildren, who lovingly referred to him as Papoo, will cherish memories of playing on the family farms, riding golf carts and ATVs and enjoying sweet treats together.
Danny is survived by his two children, Matthew (Beth) Allen and Jenna (Jon) Colson; his childrens mother and cherished caregiver, Lou Ann Allen; six grandchildren, Jase Colson, Lucy Allen, Clay Colson, Annelise Allen, and Lily Colson; his mother and stepfather, Shirley and Earnest Pearson; a sister, Pat (Barry) Roberts; a niece and nephew, Erin and Travis Roberts; two great-nieces, Leyton and Georgia Roberts; his father-in-law, Bob Owsley; his sister-in-law, Laura Owsley; and a host of other extended family and friends.
A celebration of life is at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Cecilia Baptist Church, 416 E. Main St. Burial follows in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Danny R. Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Cecilian Bank.
Condolences may be expressed at brownfuneral.com.
Published by The News-Enterprise from May 23 to May 28, 2023.