Lyle “Mike” Allen, age 91, of Braham died November 20, 2010 at his home at Elmhurst Commons. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 27th at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham with Fr. Nicholas Zimmer and Deacon Tom Pinataro officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral Saturday at the church. Interment will be in St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Milbank, South Dakota.
Lyle Mike Allen, a devoted husband and father, a successful salesman and a longtime advocate for developmentally challenged people, died peacefully on November 20, 2010 at the Elmhurst Home in Braham, Minnesota. He was 91.
Known for his ready quip, his love of sports and his personable nature, Mike was a natural salesman. He loved to tell about his first successful sale of rabbits when he was a child. He went on to manage J.C. Penny stores in Madison and Blue Earth, Minnesota, and later worked with the Northern Supply Company in Minneapolis.
Mike’s work on behalf of the developmentally challenged was an important part of his adult life. He advocated for better education and resources as well as greater understanding on the part of the public.
Lyle Joseph Allen was born in Milbank, South Dakota on March 6, 1919 to Charles and Margaret Allen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by a daughter, Patty Allen of Braham; several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Micky Allen; his wife of 67 years, Genevieve Trapp Allen; 2 brothers, Jim Allen, Clair Schueneman; 3 sisters, Charline Jurgens, Betty Jurgens and Helen Beck.