Steve Douglas Allen born October 25, 1952, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday August 20, 2022, with his wife Melody by his side. A short service will be held September 24, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Chariton. A celebration of Steve’s life will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the club. Memorials may be made in care of the family and will be designated at a later date.
Steve was the oldest of 5 children born to Jack and Polly Allen (sisters-Patti, Judith, Angie, and Shari). He did the normal boy things growing up, playing ball, riding around town, and raising hell with his friends. He graduated from Chariton High School in 1971 and had many adventures after graduating before joining the United States Navy in 1974. While in the Navy, he was stationed in California before being sent to Christ Church, New Zealand where he was then deployed to Antarctica 4 times for “Operation Deep Freeze”. In 1981, he was stationed in Norfolk, VA where he was assigned to the U.S.S America. During his assignment to the U.S.S America, Steve traveled the globe; he went to Italy, Monaco, Greece, Spain, France, the U.K., Venezuela, and Africa, those are just to name a few.
Steve was married to his first wife Lisa Boyles, and they had their son Scott Christopher. After divorcing Lisa, he was married 2 more times before meeting the love of his life Melody in 1985. Steve and Melody were married December 22, 1986 (Polly’s birthday so he could never forget his anniversary). In his marriage to Melody, he gained his daughter Robin and in November of 1987. his second son Sean Richard was born.
In 1988, Steve brought the family back home to Chariton where he got a job with Hy-Vee at the Distribution Center while also hauling feed for his father Jack. After 10 years at Hy-Vee, Steve and Melody decided to follow their dreams of owning a restaurant, purchasing the Prairie Street Pub in Russell, IA. After many successful years, they sold the Pub for Steve to semi-retire due to health reasons. Steve began working at the Lakeview Golf & Country Club where he had been a member of for many years. He eventually took over as the manager of the club which was perfect for him, it allowed to be on the course or in the clubhouse with the guys all summer long, but it also allowed him to have the winters off. Steve spent most of the winters either hiding at home (due to hating the cold) or at the Hurribak Club. He spent his winters playing cribbage or showing people that he was one of the best on the pool table, which he was.
In 2003, his first grandchild Nate was born and for all his gruff and growl and swearing he was moving to Florida because he did not want to hear a crying baby or change a stinky diaper, he was the best and most loving “papa”. Nate, Samson, Alex, and Kenna were so loved and very spoiled by their Papa.
Steve officially retired in April of 2021 where he spent his days living life the way he wanted and to the fullest of his abilities.
Steve is survived by his wife Melody; daughter Robin (Mike, Nate, and Alex) Brinkerhoff; and son Sean (Samson and Kenna) Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Polly Allen; son Scott Allen; and sister Judith Allen. He will be greatly missed by his sisters: Patti, Angie, Shari, and their families; best friends, Gene Cook and family, and the remaining members of “The Brothers Fast”: Jerry Gullion, Eddie Woods, Michael Pardoe, and families.