On July 16, 2012, on what would have been his mother’s 97th birthday, Gordon B. “Gordy” Allen, 70, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went home to be with his Lord Jesus. Gordy was born January 18,
served four years in the 1094th Air Police Squadron. On January 26, 1961, he married Judy Matheny. They met in the sixth grade and eventually became high school sweethearts. Gordy and Judy were married for 51 years.
Upon his return from the Air Force1942, in Medford, Ore., to Walter and Zetta (Rigsby) Allen. His family homesteaded in the Butte Falls, Ore., area in 1869, and Gordy grew up on one of the homesteads on Butte Falls Highway.
Gordy attended school in Eagle Point, Jacksonville, and Medford, Ore. He was in the first graduating class to go to Medford after Jacksonville High School closed. After graduation, Gordy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and, Gordy enrolled at Southern Oregon College. He attended college for one year and then left to get his journeyman ironworkers card. He eventually returned to S.O.C. and received his bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement in 1971. Although he had his diploma, Gordy returned to his original passion and was a dedicated ironworker with Local # 29 until his retirement in 1996.
In his spare time, Gordy loved to go to the gym, spend time hunting and fishing, feed the animals that wandered onto their property, listen to talk radio in his garage, and he didn’t have a problem sharing his political views. Gordy and Judy were able to spend some time traveling after his retirement, they went on cruises to Alaska and Mexico, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a vacation with their kids and grandkids to Hawaii. One of Gordy’s greatest joys was spending time with his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Chris Balfour, of Eagle Point, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Steve White, of Albany, Ore.; and his four grandchildren, whom he adored, Jacob and Makenzie Balfour, and Sam and Korinne White. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Allen.