Ralph James Allen, 88

Ralph James Allen, 88, of Long Neck, Del., formerly of Alexandria, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Townsend, Ohio, on May 29, 1930, son of the late Dale Blair Allen and Helen (Stoner) Allen.

Allen proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, after which he began a long career in civil service, retiring in 1985.

Allen volunteered his free time with the Alive and Koinonia programs in Alexandria. After moving to Delaware in 1991, he helped start and continued as a director of the Christian Storehouse in Millsboro. In 1991, Allen began delivering meals to the homebound at the Cheer Center in Long Neck, Del., and continued doing so until his death. He was awarded the 1995 Bahai Humanitarian Award.

In addition to his parents, Allen was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, Rich and Tom Allen, and a sister, Debbie Stazen. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joanne Allen; three children, Marci Gott of Manassas, Va., Brian “Tiger” Allen and his wife, Pam, of Montclair, Va., and John Allen and his wife, Ann, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Christopher Gott, Kevin Gott and his wife, Hannah, Teri Allen, Lindsay Allen, Mike Mullins and his wife, Derina, and Billy Mullins and his wife, Rachel; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Allen and his wife, Judy; four sisters, Ladonna Smart, Virginia Park, Carol Crone and her husband, Mike, and Margaret Anderson and her husband, Ken; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was to be held Sept. 8, 2018, at the Long Neck U.M. Church, Long Neck, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Long Neck United U.M.C.; 32051 Long Neck Rd.; Long Neck, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.