Doug Allen age 65 of Cedar Creek, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1955, in Lincoln, to Jack L. and Loris F. (Pool) Allen.
After a brief stop in Houston, Texas, Doug's family moved back to Otoe in 1959.
He attended grade school in Otoe.
He graduated from Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School in 1973.
Even before graduating from school, he worked summers for Nider-Jergensen Construction and farmers around Otoe.
In 1982, he joined Constructor's, Inc.
He became a paver operator and continued to travel with that company until 1990.
In 1990, he decided he wanted to be home more and had helped John Fusselman, Syracuse Mortician, with several calls.
After discussion, the Allen Family made a joint decision that Doug would start college to become a funeral director/embalmer.
He did his undergraduate at Peru State College, then moved in 1993 to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary.
Doug traveled home as often as he could and when he had to work weekends, Linda and the kids went down and stayed in the one-bedroom student housing!
During that same year, John Fusselman asked the Allen Family to move from Syracuse and live in the Louisville Funeral Home, which they did.
Doug graduated from KCKCC in 1994.
After 25 years of living in the Funeral Home and all the children on their own, Doug and Linda found and moved into a retirement house on a Cedar Creek Lake in May 2020.
The kids said that Doug had never worn shorts, but at the lake you could find him relaxing in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts with SANDALS!
Doug enjoyed people. He was a helper and a fixer.
He was proud to work with people dealing with loss.
He was kind, caring and always had a listening ear. If there was something, he could do to fix a concern, he found a way to "git it done".
In 2010, Doug and Linda joined business partners, Tina and Brian Harvey, in purchasing all the Fusselman Funeral Homes in Syracuse, Louisville, Plattsmouth, Elmwood, and Weeping Water. This purchase allowed Doug's positive traits to shine even more.
During his lifetime, he was part of several organizations. He was an usher in the Louisville United Methodist Church.
He assisted Santa for over 40 years in multiple communities.
He was an EMT for 25 years and Chief of the Syracuse Rescue Squad for numerous years.
He was a CPR and EMT Instructor for Southeast Community College.
Most of all, he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Linda and Doug got married in the United Methodist Church in Syracuse on Sept. 3, 1982.
They were a team for 38 plus years.
Linda enjoyed riding along with Doug wherever he was going and helping him with funerals.
Doug in turn helped Linda, spending many nights cutting out game pieces for her students to have additional resources.
Doug and Linda had a tradition that as soon as both got home, they took time and learned about each other's day.
These traits made for a strong, loving marriage.
Doug was so proud of his kids and would do anything or go anywhere for them.
All of them completed at least one master’s degree, were active in their Church, assisted others through different outreaches, and were always available to help in funeral homework.
The grandkids were really spoiled with love all the time.
Each one of them had a special bond with Doug in their own way. He was a FUN grandpa.
Doug will be missed so much by family and friends.
He leaves us a legacy to do what you say you'll do and do it with kindness without fanfare.
A Public Visitation was to be held on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Cass County Fair Grounds Expo Building, Weeping Water.
A Private Family Funeral Service, was to be Sunday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Louisville. The service was to be livestreamed on the funeral home Facebook Page.
Burial was to be in the Glendale Cemetery at Louisville.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements under the direction of Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home, Louisville, NE 402-234-3985. Condolences to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com
Posted online on January 05, 2021