He was born Feb. 1, 1940, in Lyons, the son of Thurlow and Hazel Allen.
He retired from General Electric in Linton. Jack was known as "Papa Jack" to many and was always a big part of his kids and grandkids lives.
He was a 1958 graduate of Lyons High School and was a member of the Moose and Sons of American Legion, both of Linton.
Survivors include a daughter, Laura Dawn (Brent) Barlow of Mitchell; two sons, Shad Hale (Heidi) Allen of Linton and Kevin Dale (Toni) Allen of Linton; a brother, William "Bill" Allen of Lyons; and seven grandchildren, B.A. and Marcus Barlow and Tyler, Calvin, Austin, Brayden, and Shelby Allen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jackie Thurlow Allen, Jr., May 5, 1973, and a brother, Junior Allen.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton, Allen Burris officiating.
Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.welchcornett.com .