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Gordon Sterling Allen


Gordon Sterling Allen, 79 of Nilwood, passed away peacefully with “his girls” by his side on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Gordon was born March 2, 1944, in Carlinville, a son of Sterling and Dorothy Mae Gwillim Allen.

Gordon graduated from Girard High School with the Class of 1962. Gordon was in the Army and served in Vietnam.

He married Bonnie Gatton, on Oct. 10, 1964 in Virden.

Gordon was an avid sports enthusiast.  He loved the Chicago Cubs baseball, Chicago Bears football and any Big Ten basketball games but favored the Illini. He league bowled for many years in Girard and Carlinville and on several occasions he got a 299 game.

When Gordon was not farming, you could find Gordon attending various tractor pulls.  Gordon loved being outdoors so he enjoyed sitting in his lawn chair in the garage or back porch.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Bonnie Allen of Nilwood; daughters, Kathe (Greg) Cannedy of Rochester, Stacia (Tony) Jennings of Virden; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and brother, Gary (Terry) Allen of Girard.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, 4 to 7 p.m., at First Christian Church, Girard.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19, 2024 at First Christian Church, with Rich McElfresh presiding.

Burial will follow in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Carlinville.

Memorials may be made to Girard Fire and Rescue or Macoupin County Animal Shelter.

Visit to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Girard is in charge of arrangements.