Woodrow Wilson Allen


Woodrow Wilson Allen died Dec. 1, 2005 in Payson. He was born Dec. 28, 1914 in Conneaut Lake, Pa. to Don and Mary Iva Allen.

He attended Conneaut Lake schools and graduated from Meadville High School.

After graduation, he worked for Talon Zipper Co. in Meadville. A short time later, he acquired two dump trucks and did road work for the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation. At the age of 23, he started his own construction company, W. W. Allen Construction. He specialized in road and bridge work. He was the youngest contractor to be awarded a contract by the state of Pennsylvania at the time.

In 1938, he met the love of his life, Hazel Edna Hawley, and they were married just four months later. They reared their four children in Conneaut Lake, Pa. for 22 years, and moved to Phoenix in 1960.

Mr. Allen went to real estate school and in 1964 obtained his broker's license and opened his own office, Woody Allen Realty, in Scottsdale.

After their children were grown, Hazel obtained her real estate license, and they worked side by side in the office until they retired in 1984.

In August 2005, they moved from Scottsdale to Payson to be closer to family.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Hazel Hawley Allen; sons, Wilson Allen of Show Low and Gary (Marcia) Allen of Payson; daughter, Elizabeth (Mark) Gill of Wright, Wyo.; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his father; mother; brothers, Harold and Lawrence; sisters, Dorothy, Virginia and Helen; and his eldest daughter, Nancy Allen Day.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero, Payson. The family requests that donations be made to the Rim Country Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 305, Payson, AZ 85547.

An online guest book is available at www.messingerpayson.com.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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