Darl Richard Allen


November 18, 1951 - February 22, 2014


Darl Richard Allen was born on November 18, 1951 to Darl and LaVon (Boysen) Allen in Mitchell SD.  He attended school in Chamberlain.  Growing up in Chamberlain, he was raised to love the outdoors and enjoyed being on the river with his brothers, camping and running around town with his friends.

Darl enlisted in the United States Army on September 30, 1970 and volunteered for the Vietnam War on May 11, 1971.  Upon his arrival back to the United States in March 1972, he met Cheryl Heidner, who became the love of his life for 41 years.  They were wed on February 6, 1973 in Lawton OK.   After his three years in the service, he joined the National Guard for one year and was honorably discharged on September 29, 1976. 

After serving his country, Darl and Cheryl settled in Mitchell SD where they built a loving family.  Darl’s career started at Herters Manufacturing and continued at the Mitchell Rendering Plant for seven years until he found that his true passion was working for the City of Mitchell, where he spent the next 30 years.  He started in the sanitation department tossing garbage cans and worked his way to the street department and finished his career as the Manager of the City of Mitchell Landfill.

Besides spending time with his family, taking his grandchildren to the park, hunting, fishing, tinkering in his shed, Darl spent as much time as possible enjoying the South Dakota outdoors.  He was a man who was the first to show up to work and the last to leave, but always made sure he was there for his family.  He also had the biggest heart; he was happy to help anyone in need, no matter what the task; taking care of their lawn, fixing their car or just a kind gesture to lend a hand to help someone he didn’t even know.

Grateful to be a part of his life is his wife, Cheryl; with this union, God blessed them with three amazing children:  Christine Allen, Eric Allen and Heather Allen Hohn.  He also gained a second son when his youngest daughter, Heather, married Dana Hohn.  His life was filled with the joy of his grandchildren, Skyler Wittenhagen, Hannah Hohn, Jaxson Wittenhagen and London Hohn.  His family and grandchildren were a gift from God that he cherished every day of his life.

He is survived by his sisters, Linda (Larry Olsen) Allen of Pukwana SD, Robin (Dennis) Pense of Burke SD, Bonnie (Walter) Powell of Chamberlain SD, Brenda (Rob) Pickner of Chamberlain SD, Lori (Bob) Podhradsky of Mitchell and Tammy (Gary) Allen of Orcutt CA; brothers: Ricky (Fran) Allen of Lead SD, Darren (Margie) Allen of Chamberlain SD, Daryl (Leslie) Allen of Pukwana SD.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and so many others who considered him a father and grandfather that he deeply cared for.

He is preceded in death by his mother, LaVon (Bonnie) Allen, father, Darl Allen, sister, Becky Becker, brothers, David and Doyle and grandparents, Bruce Sr. and Alberta Allen and Martin and Selma Boysen.


Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wesleyan Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
601 North Sanborn Boulevard
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, February 28, 2014
10:30 AM
Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn Boulevard
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Carrie Mutziger on March 1, 2014
Heather and family
I am sorry beyond words at the loss of your dad. My sympathy to all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carrie, Brent, Mataya and Riley
Posted by Ron and Karen McGuire on February 28, 2014
In our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Denny & Sheila Paulus on February 28, 2014
Cheryl and family- So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. It has been a number of years since I have seen you. Denny remembers working at Herter's with Richard. God Bless
Posted by Larry & Susie Hohn on February 28, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person. May you find peace in the days to come.
Posted by Amy Reber Allen on February 27, 2014
My prayers are with the family. From my memories Rich was very kind hearted .God bless you all in your time of need.
Posted by Tom & Sandi Pringle on February 27, 2014
Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Posted by Ed & Mary Ellen (Stolte) Smidt on February 27, 2014
Cheryl and family.... we express our sincere Christian sympathy to you all. May our dear Lord and Savior comfort you with His love and peace and give you renewed strength in each new day. May many precious memories of your loved one, become treasures to cherish for years to come.
Posted by Patty McCarthy on February 27, 2014
My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Posted by Mike and Danita Allen on February 27, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this difficult time.
Posted by SeVern & Mary Ashes on February 27, 2014
Uncle Rich, a remarkable man that lead by example on how to be a stand up husband, father , grandpa, brother, uncle, friend... just an all-around good guy ... Rich and Cheryl are hardworking humble family always thinking of others and often being the first to extend a helping hand when needed. There have been times in Mary and my life that their help, love and friendship have been invaluable to us... We Love you guys and Uncle will be missed SeV, Mary , Cortney ,and SeVie
Posted by John Dixon on February 27, 2014
A great friend who will be missed for all time
Posted by tanya Fischer on February 27, 2014
was a great man.thoughts and prayers for the family. RIP
Posted by Melissa on February 27, 2014
Love you all ♡♡♡
Posted by Wayne & Carmen Allen on February 27, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your memories will last forever...
Posted by Arin & Jason Riggs on February 27, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to your family~
Posted by Diane Lafontaine on February 27, 2014
To family ,

Please accept my sincere condolences I hope that those scriptures will help you cope with your loss . "He is healing the broken-hearted ones, And is binding up their painfulspots."(Psalm 147:3)May Jehovah the God of all comfort be with you more than ever in those very difficult times .Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart.”—Psalm 34:18.
Posted by Susie Clevenger on February 26, 2014
Love you Uncle Richard. Wish I had more time to spend with you. Am glad for the time I had. You will be missed.
Posted by Joy Zuraff Keiper on February 26, 2014
Proud to have you as family, you will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers with your family.
Posted by Linda Allen on February 26, 2014
RIP Baby Brother, someday we will talk again. I love you.
Posted by Wayne Eastman on February 26, 2014
A great loss to all whom knew Rich. My sympathy to all family and friends.
Posted by Donna Lang on February 26, 2014
I send my sympathy to your family during this sad time.
Posted by Bill & Barb Goldammer on February 26, 2014
We will miss him so much. He was an amazing man, the first one to be there to help when someone needed him. He was a wonderful husband and father. And a great role model to many. Love and miss him.
Posted by Dennis & Robin Pense on February 26, 2014
Love you so much brother and will miss you, So glad I could be with you and the family.
Posted by Haven & Connie Talich on February 25, 2014
In our thoughts and Prayers
Posted by Ann Johnson on February 25, 2014
We are thinking of you,Ann
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