Edwin Neal Allen

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Edwin “Cowboy” Neal Allen, 84, of Soldotna, Alaska, and a native of Jena, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

He was born February 2, 1935, in Jena to the union of his parents, Dwight Moody Allen and Janet Almeda Dickens Allen.

Ed enjoyed playing basketball and loved hunting with his brothers. After graduating from Jena High School, Ed joined the United States Army and was stationed at Wildwood in Kenai, AK in 1957.

Ed met and married his first wife of 28 years, Barbara Jean Stock, on January 25, 1958. He performed a year of isolated duty on Shemya Island in 1961 and remained stationed in Alaska until 1962 when he was transferred to Warrenton, VA and then again to Ft. Dix, NJ in 1965.

In 1967, Ed was sent to Vietnam and served as a field advisor to the Montagnard People of the Central Highlands. He was wounded his first year in Vietnam when his jeep hit a landmine. He returned home to Ft. Richardson, Ak in 1968 but his love for the Mountain People of Vietnam called him back; he volunteered for another tour in 1969. After two years in Vietnam, Ed returned to be stationed at Ft. Polk, LA in order to be close to his family.

Ed’s love for Alaska sent him back in 1973 when he requested a transfer to Ft. Greely. In 1975, he retired from the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge as a Master Sgt. of Arms.

Ed and his family settled in Soldotna, AK, where he worked for the Alaska Pipeline and did home construction until accepting a position with the Alaska State Prison in Seward, AK as a correctional officer. Ed met and married Donna Poage in 1991.

Ed was a master craftsman and builder, an avid hunter of Ptarmigan, rabbits, and squirrels, and an expert fisherman. Alaska created the perfect setting for his passions and talents. He had a love and pride for his country unsurpassed by none; his dedication and loyalty to the U.S. Army continued well past his retirement.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Bill Allen, Dwight “Doodle” Allen, Butch Allen, and George Allen.

He is survived by his brother, Leon Allen; sister, Betty Massey; wife, Donna Poage Allen; children, Warren Allen, Melanie Smith, Peggy Salvador, Devona Covey, and Jared Allen; 24 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Cowboy.

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