Allen Fender, 66, died of an apparent heart attack at his home Saturday in Lawrence, KS. Allen was a 1963 graduate from Russell High School where he participated in sports, most notably football and basketball. He attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Allen served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1968 as a flight scheduler stationed at Panama City, Florida; Taipei, Taiwan; and Richards Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton, MO where he met his wife of 42 years, Marilyn.
Allen was known by his friends and family for his big and generous heart, caring smile and hearty laugh, enjoying his family and company of his dog, Lucy. The loves of his life were his three granddaughters and attending the LHS sporting events of his three nephews, Chad, Ryan and Jason.
Allen was retired having worked as an independent oil producer and as a telecommunications salesperson/marketer/independent consultant at Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), Sprint, St. Andrews Telecommunications, among others.
Allen considered himself a broker of people and, as such, worked constantly to bring people with common interest together. He was generous and giving. After 50 years he still kept in close contact with his beloved classmates from high school.
Allen is survived by his wife, Marilyn of the home; his daughter, Katie and husband, Tom; three granddaughters, Audrey, Allee, and Olivia, Wellsville, KS; his mother, Mildred; sister, Patty; and brother, Jim, all of Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Allen Fender, Sr.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 10 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence, KS, at 11 a.m. His family asks that when you come, bring a picture and a story about Allen to share with friends and family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donate to Lawrence High Athletics or offer a kind hand to someone in need, as Allen always did.