August 26, 1950 – Friday, August 20, 2010
First Presbyterian Church in Flandreau,
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Clifford Lyle Allen, 59, entered the spirit world on Friday, August 20th, at Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, SD.
Clifford was born on August 26, 1950, one of 11 children born to Ray and LaVerne (Redwing) Allen, in Flandreau, SD. He was a member of The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
Clifford graduated from Flandreau High School and went on to attend Dakota State University, in Madison, SD. He studied silver-smithing and was an avid artist in jewelry making. He moved to Concord, CA in early 1970’s, and worked at the Bank of America and Viacom Cablevision for several years. Clifford moved back to Flandreau in the late 1980’s with his life companion, David Smith, and his favorite dog, Fran. They spent many years together. He loved listening to music, especially the “oldie’s.” He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Flandreau, SD. While in Flandreau, Clifford worked for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Housing Authority, The Royal River Casino, and The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. He retired, for health reasons, in 2007. Clifford spent the remainder of his years with valued friends and relatives.
He is survived by his adopted son, Andrew Iverson, of Brandon Manitoba (Canada); three brothers: Tom (Linda) Allen of Flandreau, Pete (Joyce) Allen of Maple Plain, MN and Sam (Dolores) Allen of Flandreau; three sisters: Judy Allen of Flandreau, Lavonna Allen of Flandreau and Cyndi (James)Weddell of Flandreau; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his companion: David Smith (California), Ray & LaVerne (Redwing) Allen, three brothers: Richard “Chuck” Allen, Robert Allen and Howard “Howie” Allen, a sister: Darlene Allen Bernard, several nephews and great nephews.
An all night wake service was held on Monday, August 23rd beginning at 6:00 P.M. at Eastman Hall in Flandreau, South Dakota.
A Prayer Service was held at 7:00 P.M Monday evening.
Funeral services for Clifford Allen were held on Tuesday, August 24th at 10:30 A.M. at The First Presbyterian Church in Flandreau, South Dakota. Interment will be held at a later date in San Francisco, California.
The Chilson Chapel is proud to have served the family.