Name: Clyde VONALLMEN
Birth: 9 OCT 1920 in Rover, Oregon Co, MO.
Death: 5 JAN 2017 in West Plains, Howell Co, Mo
Change Date: 10 JAN 2017
from the West Plains Daily Quill, Feb. 7, 2008:
?One hot summer day in 1939, members of the Rover Baptist Church in a small community about 15 miles east of West Plains were having a contest to try to attract more young church-goers. Allena Redburn didn?t attend church there, but when a neighbor called and asked her to attend the event, she did.
There were two teams in the contest, Allena said, and she and Clyde Vonallmen were part of the winning team. The losing group had to prepare a picnic lunch for everyone. After church, Clyde offered Allena a ride home in his 1926 Chevolet Coupe. She was 16 and he was 18.
That same night, he asked her out on their first date to a baseball game. Each Sunday they attended church together. They dated for about a year when they decided that they would marry. She recalled it was early spring when they sat in front of here parents? home in his car, which they called ?Old Eli,? named for the man from whom Clyde bought it, and set their wedding date.
On Aug. 11, 1940, they drove about 10 miles to the home of Preacher Joe Roundtree at Elk Creek. Their witnesses were her younger sister, Irene, and his younger sister, Berta. They lived with Clyde?s parents for about seven weeks while Clyde and Allena?s brother, Lester, finished building a two-room home onthe family farm in Rover. They couple lived there until early 1941.
That Spring, they moved to the state of California. Clyde worked in the gardens of a nursey. He had hoped to work in a paint factory, but did not pass all of the tests. Since birth, Clyde has suffered with asthma and has trouble breathing, Allena said. After about four months, they moved back to their home at Rover.
Their son, Charles was born in 1941. Allena did not work out of the home until Charles was 15 years old. He now lives in West Plains and has two children, Mark of Alton and Cynthia of the Hannibal area. Mark?s children are Allena, Andrea and Amber, and Cynthia?s has a daughter Nicole and a son Joshua.
Clyde took a job at the local cheese plant for about a year, and Midwest Dairy for about six months, then worked for a short time at Meeks Lumber. He then took a job at a local shoe factory. He was there 30 years.
When Clyde first started working in West Plains, the couple rented for a while and then decided to move back to the country. When Charles was 3 years old, they bought a farm at Rover and built a four-room house. They lived there 10 years. The dusty roads were hard on Clyde?s health, Allena said, so in 1957, they bought a home in West Plains, where they remain today. ?We were raised in the country, and we liked the country, but it was a rough life for Clyde trying to work,? Allena said.
Allena?s first job was working for a contractor as a house painter. She did that work for 20 years, until she could no longer carry a ladder, she said. After that, she took a job in the ceramics department at the West Plains Senior Center. Twenty years later she?s still working there.
Allena siad she and Clyde have led a modest life. ?We learned to live on what pay Clyde make,? she said, adding they believe couples today buy new cars, houses and go deep into debt, leading to depression and arguments. You?re better off to go along like we did,? she said. ?Buy things gradually to get the things you want and need.?
Clyde recalls the first furniture purchse they made cose them $16 at Butler?s Furniture. They also had some pieces given to them by his mother, including a large round table and a pie safe. Her brother made her a rocking chair out of solid oak, which she still owns.
?All couples have ups and downs. You?ve got to learn to give and take,? Allena said. ?Two people don?t always see things alike. You don?t always agree, but we never did fuss. We never had that kind of problem. There is no use in being like that. You?ve got to learn to get along.?
(written by Alison Wilson)
Obituary from Funeral Home:
Funeral services for Clyde Albert VonAllmen, 96, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. VonAllmen passed away at 10:20 a.m., Thursday, January 5, 2017, at his home.
He was born October 9, 1920, at Rover, Missouri, to Harlin VonAllmen and Ethel Judd VonAllmen. On August 11, 1940, he was united in married at Rover, Missouri, to Allena Redburn. Mr. VonAllmen worked at the International Shoe Company until his retirement. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and coon and quail hunting. Mr. VonAllmen was a member of the Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church.
He is survived by his wife of seventy-six years, Allena VonAllmen, of the family home; one son, Charles VonAllmen and wife, Carolyn, West Plains; two grandchildren, Mark VonAllmen and Cynthia Bush; five great-grandchildren, Cynthia Nicole Bush, Joshua Bush, Allena VonAllmen Roe, Amber VonAllmen and Andrea VonAllmen; three step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Murlene White, Dayton, Ohio, Dorothy Patillo, West Plains and Jewell Hopkins, Pottersville, Missouri.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one infant son, five sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or Olde Tyme Full Gospel Church and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Father: Harlin Albert VONALLMEN b: 28 MAR 1888 in Oblong, Crawford County, IL
Mother: Ethel Carrie JUDD b: 8 JAN 1892 in Oregon Co, Mo
Mary Allena REDBURN b: 1922
- Living VONALLMEN
- Arthur Clyde VONALLMEN b: 4 MAY 1946