Claude Allen, Sr.

January 06, 1945 ‒ September 09, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Claude Allen, Sr., age 76 of Marion passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Claude was born January 6, 1945 in Ironton, the son of George and Mae (Douglas) Allen. Claude married his soulmate, Wanda Christine Blevins, on August 3, 1966. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Claude faithfully served the River Valley School district in the custodial department for 35 years until his retirement. He made numerous friendships over the many years including students and faculty who will remember him fondly.

Some of Claude’s favorite times were on Knox Lake fishing. He was a gifted musician that entertained family and friends playing his guitar and singing. Often times, the family would organize horseshoe tournaments and it was rare that Claude would ever lose. He had a knack for fixing cars and helping others. But above all, he loved his family deeply and cherished every minute he spent with them.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Wanda Christine Allen; beloved children: Claude Allen, Jr., Christine (Thomas) Gibson, George (Bobbie Jo) Allen, and Jessica (Denim) Franklin; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and his best friend who was like a brother, Phillip Johnson.

Claude is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: DeCee Depriest, Janet Elswick, Lavina Smith and Martha Smith.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 10AM to 12Noon; Funeral service will follow at 12Noon with Pastor Ricky Jenkins officiating; burial will be in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

The Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Allen family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Was a great man who will truly be missed.. my love goes out to the family.. I remember when I got my driver’s license and he let me use their car to take my test.. RIP

  • Claude was a wonderful man, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend he will be greatly missed by every one that was lucky enough to know him R.I.P Claude
    Tracy Trigg

  • This doesn’t seem real. You were one of the GREATEST men I’ve ever known. I’ve called you dad for almost 40 years now. Today I was thinking back on all the thousands of memories of you and it brought a smile toy face. I love you and I know you knew that. To my family Wanda, Claude, Christine, George, And Jessica I love you all with my whole heart!

  • The human race lost one of it’s best. Claude was one of the rarest & most precious gems of a human this world had to offer. He was an awesome father, grandfather, husband & friend to many, and his talents in music put people at ease and brought smiles to their faces. He will truly be missed by all who have been lucky enough to have known him and blessed enough to have been considered family… or a friend.
    My deepest condolences & Gods blessings to all of his family… who he loved with every fiber of his being… and all of his friends.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  • I want to say uncle Claude was a wonderful man who loved his family .he always brought people together weather it be family friends and gave them all a chance to be together and have a good time .even though I didn’t get as much time around him when we where young I still knew he was a good man he had a good heart and a good soul .I will miss him no matter what I will not ever forget his kind heart .he is loved and remembered by many whose world he chance be able to spend time with you will always be in our hearts our minds forever and always .I love you uncle Claude .and to his family I offer my condolences my heart is with you and my prayers .always

  • So sorry for the loss of Claude. He was a nice person and I always enjoyed working with him…. He had a great sense of humor….

  • Dear Wanda, children & family…
    I remember Claude during my earliest days at RVHS. He was ALWAYS kind, soft-spoken & anxious to help in any way —whether it was cleaning or fixing something, or simply giving me good advice. Often, Claude & I would chat after school…, especially about fishing & a family he loved very much.
    Deepest sympathy,
    Jeffrey A. Linardi

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