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Allen R. Looney
date of birth November 19 1925
date of death September 16 2018
Allen R. Looney passed away peacefully in the presence of his nephew on Sunday morning September 16, 2018 in Woodburn, Oregon. Allen was born in Molalla on November 19, 1925. Allen was the oldest son of Otto and Ethyl (Russell) Looney. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brothers, Harold, Glen and his sister Geraldine (Looney) Cain and his wives, Neva (Bornhauser) Addison-Looney and Evelyn (Harper) Daum-Looney.
Allen was born on a Sunday morning, November 19, 1925 at home in Molalla. In early life, Allen attended Teasel Creek School which was a one room school house near Allen's home on Sawtell Road outside of Molalla. In his young life, he liked to do barn chores on his grandfather's farm close to his home owned by the Russell Family who had settled in the Molalla area in 1847. The Russell Family had a large apple and cherry orchard where Allen enjoyed spending his Summer days. As a young man, Allen enjoyed hunting, fishing and chopping wood for the family home. Allen graduated from Molalla High School n 1943 and thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of eighteen. Allen was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1947. He was involved in the North African Campaign and later, the liberation of France and was part of the occupation of Germany at the war's end.
He was a highly decorated soldier and reached the rank of sergeant where he received the Bronze Star, among other awards.
After the occupation of Germany, he was transferred where he took part of the occupation of Japan before his discharge. Upon returning to Molalla, he visited his brother, Harold, who at that time was employed by Molalla Forest Products in Molalla. Allen entered the yard looking for his brother and a gentleman yelled at him from the job shack, what is your social security number? He said I am looking for my brother, Harold, and the gentleman, one of owners, Floyd Lair, told him to go find Harold and go to work. Soon thereafter, Allen was joined as an employee at Molalla Forest Products along with his father, Otto and his brother in law, Robert Cain.
In 1954, the Mill relocated to Cloverdale, California where the owners of the Mill, Jim and Floyd Lair, bought a substantial amount of timber on the Mendocino County, California coast. Allen, along with this brother, Harold and brother in law, Robert Cain, helped the Lair family build a new saw mill on the banks of the Russian River in Cloverdale, California. Allen met his future wife, Neva (Bornhauser) Addison, shortly after arriving in Cloverdale. Shortly, thereafter, they were married (1955). In 1971, Allen returned to his hometown of Molalla and purchased a restaurant which was later know as "The Little Gem". Allen and Neva operated "The Little Gem" for twenty-five years until their retirement.
After the death of his wife, Neva, Allen married Evelyn (Harper) Daum of Molalla. Evelyn passed away on May 17, 2015 in Woodburn where they made their home. Allen was a kind, thoughtful man who never had a bad word to say about anyone. When things were not always going Allen's way, his favorite saying was "Oh Shoot". Everyone who came into contact with Allen simply adored him. Allen is survived by his nephew Gary Looney of Bodega Bay, California, his niece, Carolyn Ann Hutchinson of Poteau, Oklahoma, his step daughter, Janice Addison Lucchesi and her husband, Albert, of Modesto, California, his step son , Robert Daum, of Molalla.
Allen will be dearly missed by all of those who knew him. Allen will be laid to rest on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.am. at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery, Canby, Oregon, alongside his wife, Neva, his brothers, his sister, his mother, father and step-father. Family and friends are invited. After internment, there will be a luncheon in Canby, Oregon at a place to be named.
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Candle lit by Susan layman Our condolences.alan was a good man that will never be forgotten.
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Candle lit by Jay Howe I will miss this dear man. He was a true gentleman with a kind heart.
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