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Michael 'Sugar Bear' Allen

Sunday, August 7, 2011

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Michael "Sugar Bear" Allen, 58, Brazil, passed away at home Aug. 6, 2011, with his family by his side.

He was born in Connersville, Ind., Oct. 19, 1952, the son of Clifford R. and Eleanor (McQuinley) Allen.

Mike graduated from Connersville High School with the class of 1970.

He worked at D and M Manufacturing in Connersville for a short time before joining the United States Air Force in 1971.

While in the Air Force and Air National Guard 181st Fighter Wing, Mike served in support of Northern Watch, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

During his tenure, he was recipient Meritorious Service Medal and a member of the Governor's 20 Rifle Team.

Mike retired from the military in 2008 after 37 years of service to his country.

Mike enjoyed working on his 3500 series Ford Tractor, working around the house, woodworking and collecting antique tools.

He was preceded in death by his father Clifford Allen, mother Eleanor McQuinley, grandson Brody Ellis, brother Tim Allen, sister Joanna Dudley, infant brother Dwight Allen and nephew Shane Dudley.

He is survived by his wife Paula Allen, daughter Rose Miller (J.D.), Brazil and Lena Allen (Ashley Ellis), Brazil, son Jeremiah Allen, Brazil, grandchildren Michaela Allen, Brenden Ellis, Halle Ellis, Kaitlyn Miller, Dillon Miller and Cainan Ellis, sisters Dianna Fox, Brownsville, Marcella Boger (Bryan), Brookeville, and Dawn McQuinley, Connersville, six nephews, three nieces and eight great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be at French Funeral Home Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Kenny Thomas officiating.

Burial with military rites provided by the 181st Honor Guard will follow at Clearview Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Thursday from noon until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be appreciated.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.