Funeral services for Gordon “Rock” Allen were held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris, MN. Rev. Dell Sanderson officiated. A visitation was on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Burial was on Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Valley View Cemetery in Browns Valley, Minnesota.
Gordon John “Rock” Allen was born May 27, 1925 to Glenn and Irma (Zimbrick) Allen in Graceville, MN. Following country school in the Beardsley area, Rock attended the Morris Ag School until entering the U.S. Navy during WWII and serving in the Pacific theater until 1946.
Following the war, Rock returned to Beardsley to farm with his dad. In 1947, Rock was severely injured when the plane he was piloting crashed south of Beardsley. After a year recovering at the Vet’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Rock again returned to Beardsley to farm.
In 1948, Rock met Marilyn Ingerson at the Browns Valley Coliseum. On Sep 4, 1949 Rock and Marilyn married. They moved to the farm southwest of Beardsley, where they would spend the next 25 years raising their seven children.
In April 1959, Rock took his last drink and became a life-long recovering alcoholic. In the late 60s, Rock attended school to become a counselor and began a career working with those struggling from alcohol and drug addiction. In 1974, Rock and Marilyn moved to Morris for Rock’s work. Following retirement and throughout his life, Rock devoted himself to helping others achieve and maintain sobriety.
In 2016, Rocky moved to assisted living with Marilyn following heart surgery. In 2017, Rocky moved to West Wind Village in Morris.
Rocky passed peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:50 a.m., 61 years sober.
Rocky is survived by his wife Marilyn, daughter Katherine (Robert) Guyer of Gainesville, FL, daughter Erna (Brad) Angell of Minneapolis, son James (Andrea) Allen of Eden Prairie, son Jon (Zinda) Allen of St. Cloud, daughter Julie (Tom) Crisp of St Paul, son Clifton (Cindy) Allen of Fergus Falls, son Vince (Gerry) Allen of Ramsey, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Rocky is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Irma, brother Ernie, sister Ellen, and grandson Derek Jon Allen.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of arrangements for Rock.