Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Stephen R. Allen, 76

Wellsville, NY  Stephen R. Allen, 76, of First Street passed away on Friday, May 31, 2024, at his home. He was born March 2, 1948, in Wellsville to the late Ralph W. and Erma P. (Osmin) Allen.

As a young man, Steve loved to play baseball. He participated in DeMolay, enjoyed learning German, and he was very proud of his job at Newberry’s.  Steve graduated from Wellsville High School in 1966 and went on to a successful career in construction.

Steve served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1972. He was honorably discharged as an Ammunitions Specialist and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. This experience forever changed his life, and his family is proud of, and grateful for, his service.

Steve was married to Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Graham from 1974 to 1993, and together they created Albros Builders. He taught their daughters that they could do anything, believing they were smart, capable, and competent. He taught them how to play softball, ride bikes, and drive a bulldozer. He instilled a love of travel, foods, and trying new things. Steve and Betsy checked in on each other often in the last few years and made family gatherings easy for their daughters and grandchildren. Steve always encouraged and supported them to have new experiences and enjoyed seeing them grow.

Steve was an excellent gardener and always had a project going. He could do complicated math quickly in his head, loved crossword puzzles, and was an avid sports fan. He loved learning, often shared interesting facts, and was incredibly generous to many people and charities. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his daughters, Julie C. Allen (Teresa Love) of Stuttgart, Germany and Maureen (Paul) Hillen of Oaklyn, NJ, and his grandchildren Lucas Dwyer-Allen, and Benjamin, Jackson, and Claire Hillen. He is survived by sisters Marcella (Roger) Culbert of Fillmore, Marilyn Wesche of Florida, and Agnes Allen of Hornell, and brothers Dwight (Gail) Allen of Wellsville, James (Patti Ann) Allen of Cumming, GA, Kevin (Debbie) Allen of Avon, and Gregory (Laura) Allen of Apex, NC.  He also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother-in-law Martin Wesche, nephews Matthew Culbert and Roger Paul Culbert, and, by just three weeks, his former wife, Betsy Graham.

At his request, no funeral will be held at this time. A celebration of his life is being planned for August 2024. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

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