In loving memory of

Robert Willis Allen
July 23, 1940 - November 12, 2021

Allen, Mr
Robert Willis
North Muskegon, Michigan

Mr. Robert "Bob" Allen, age 81, departed this life on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Northcrest Assisting Living in North Muskegon, MI. Bob was born on July 23, 1940 to Robert and Alice Allen in Illinois. He graduated in 1958 from New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, IL and later received his B.A. in journalism from Southern Illinois University. Bob subsequently served In the U.S. Army for two years. While in high school, Bob was introducted to the Baha'i faith from his close friend, Larry Cooper, they attended firesides at the home of Horace Holley in Wilmette, IL. He was an active member of the Baha'i faith and taught its unity of mankind around the country. While living in California, Bob was an camper in his VW bus. He was employed by Chicago Tribune and Kaiser-Permanente Healthcare in California. Bob moved to Muskegon MI, where he worked for various employers through a temporary agency. He enjoyed reading, fishing, canoeing, hiking, photography and other outdoor activities. Bob leaves to cherish in memories his sister, Clariss Kinsley of Orange County, CA; two nephews; a host of close friends; his nurses and friends at Northcrest Assisting Living Center. He deeply missed his Baha'i family around the world. Bob was preceded in death by both parents; and his brother, Dale Allen. A CELEBRATION OF BOB'S LIFE will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday November 19, 2021 at The Clock Chapel of Clock Funeral Home, 1469 Peck St, Muskegon, MI 49441 with Debra Pless, officiating. BURIAL will be at Nunica Cemetery, 12189 Cleveland St, Nunica, MI 49448. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Joe Winger. Please visit to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.
Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon


Judith VanBemmelen wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"Although I didn't know Bob lived in this area, we graduated together from New Trier High School in 1958. If my memory is correct we also graduated from 8th grade at Avoca School in Wilmette, Il. I also live in Crockery Township and work at the township office. From reading about Bob it appears he had a great life. My sympathy to his family and Friends. Judy (Vink)"

Bill Lemos wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"Corny jokes and bad puns. Unbridled cheerfulness. Never a bad word about anyone. And a loyal friend. That's Bob Allen. He was smart. He knew a lot about a lot of things. Even when his health was failing and it became more difficult for him to talk, his knowledge and detailed memory were amazing. I met Bob over 50 years ago at Southern Illinois University, and our friendship continued from Carbondale to Wheaton to California to Muskegon. We had a few adventures over the years -- Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break; a crazy all-night drive to New Orleans with 5 of us stuffed into his Volkswagen hatchback; a wonderful camping and canoe trip in Wisconsin. But mostly it was his love of life, the conversations, and that ever-present cheerfulness (and corny jokes) that I remember. Bob loved the outdoors, and it was tough for him when he was no longer able to camp and hike. But through it all he never complained and always seemed upbeat. Bob was a gentleman, and a kind and caring person to everyone he met. He was an inspiration, and I miss him."