Richard Allan Obituary (2022 – 2021) – Clovis, CA

Richard and Lola Allan
February 27, 2022 – March 8, 2021
Clovis, California – Richard S. “Dick” Allan Sr. and his wife, Lola M. Allan, nee Cull, died this last year.
They had been married for 77 years. Lola died, after a decline, on March 8, 2021. Dick followed less than one year later, February 27, 2022.
“We always did everything together.”
Dick was born in Needles, Ca., April 21, 1923. Lola was born in Kerman, Ca., September 15,1924, and was raised on a raisin farm in the same town.
The Allan’s love story began in Fresno, at the Imperial Drive-In, at the corner of Belmont and Palm Avenues. He started working there as a dishwasher and was soon promoted to opening and closing the drive-in. He left to take a job as a surveyor for the Santa Fe Railroad in Needles, Ca. He returned to Fresno for Christmas, 1942, and stopped by the Imperial to greet old friends. The place was filled with customers… so many that when he tried to order a hot fudge sundae, he was told there were no clean dishes. So, he went in the back and started doing dishes. Lola was a new car hop. She came in from working the yard and slipped and fell at Dick’s feet.
“I helped her up.”
“He’s so nice.”
They were married 364 days later, December 23, 1943.
Dick and Lola have two sons:
Richard S. Allan, Jr. and wife, Kathryn Rogers
David W Allan and wife, Joyce Cotter.
They have five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Dick worked in appliance sales and services before he became purchasing agent for American Forest Products. He retired at 63. Lola was a stay-at-home mother until her sons got older. Then she worked as a clerk and made draperies. They were active in the Independent Order of Foresters, Beta Sigma Phi, and TOPS. They skated, bowled, and line-danced always together. They were always ready to help their neighbors and friends by helping fix things and listening to their problems.
“It’s a good day when you can help someone.”
“Every day is a good day.”
In their later years, those friends and neighbors graciously returned their kindnesses. Sorority friends, management and neighbors in the Bonaventure Mobile Home Park, and members of New Hope church in Clovis helped with grounds keeping, meal deliveries, and visiting.
Seventy-seven years of working, sharing, and most of all, loving, is the definition of a great marriage.
“We just belonged together.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11am on August 6th in Kerman, CA., 670 S. 4th St., Scout Hall.

Published by & from Jul. 23 to Jul. 24, 2022.

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