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James Allyn


February 21, 2017

James Allyn

May 28, 1944 – Feb. 16, 2017

James Dale Allyn, 72, of Sweet Home died Feb. 16, 2017.

He was born May 28, 1944 in Kent, Wash., the son of Frank R. and Ann F. Allyn.

He grew up in Federal Way, Wash. He enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve in 1962, which was his senior year in high school. After a year in the Reserves, Mr. Allyn enlisted in the United States Navy, serving seven tours in Vietnam. He was later stationed in Portland, Seattle, Bremerton and Guam until his retirement in the summer of 1985.

After his military service Mr. Allyn moved to Sweet Home, where his youngest child finished school.

Mr. Allyn worked in long-haul trucking and in security. He was past commander three times for the VFW, and grand commander of the Military Order of the Cooties. When he was made commander he was unable to walk on his own.

Mr. Allyn made it his personal goal to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. He was also a member of the Sweet Home Elks Lodge, American Legion in Newport, life member of the Am Vets, VFW, and Disabled American Vets.

Mr. Allyn coached AYSO soccer in his younger years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoors, refinishing old furniture and woodworking. He was a handy man who liked to be busy and help others. He cooked for the VETS club.

He did a lot of traveling and loved time at the Oregon Coast with his wife.

Mr. Allyn is survived by his wife, Rose-Marie; daughter Dawn-Marie Rodgers; and son Bill and daughter-in-law Annette Allyn, all of Sweet Home; brother Wally Allyn of Philomath; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Allyn and his parents.

Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Sweet Home VFW.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in care of Sweet Home Funeral Chapel to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Fund at the Portland VA hospital.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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