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“Dear Grandpa,I will miss your tickling beard when you kiss me, all of the candy you would give me, all of those pennies that made me rich, but, I...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Charles Michael Cornell - CA

“Jerry, dad, grandpa or Sir,These were just a few names we knew him by. Although he was claimed earlier than we would have liked, I can truly say he...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Don Cornell - San Diego, CA

“You know, I never tend to think about the thought of death when I enjoy life. Grandpa, you were always filling our hearts with laughter, and our...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Brandon Allen Cornell - San Diego, CA

“What can I say about my grandfather; he was tough, well rounded, organized, and a genius. He was a man's man, having a distinguished military career...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Nicholas Cornell - San Diego, CA

“My Dearest Daddy, Words will never express the loss I feel in my heart and soul, but there are 2 words that come to mind when I think of all that you...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Kathryn Marie Cornell - San Diego, CA

“My grandpa was my hero. My grandpa was the one that hold me when I was young baby. I still have that picture of me and grandpa when I was young. When...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kaitlin - San Diego, CA

“Dad, we thought of you today and yesterday, in silence and when we speak your name. You leave wonderful memories and a huge legacy. Your...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Michael Allen - Irvine, CA - Son

“I am so sorry for your loss. Words can not express how we all feel. I am Rosetta Wallace's son. Uncle Jerry was a great man and the world has lost a...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Steven Carroll - Walbridge, OH


Jerry Charles Allen, a 45-year resident of California and 37-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died of a heart attack Feb. 22, 2012, in Joshua Tree. He was 79 years old.

The son of Ralph Riley Allen and Elizabeth Corbett Allen, he was born April 17, 1932, in Grelton, Ohio.

Mr. Allen served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, then in civil service for five years before retiring.

He was a member of the Oasis of Mara Masonic Lodge No. 735, American Legion Post No. 761, Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 60 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His hobbies and interests included collecting stamps, reading Western novels and watching sports and Korean soap operas on TV.

Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Kiyoko, of Twentynine Palms; sons Michael of Irvine and Frank of Fullerton; daughter Kathryn Cornell of San Diego; sister Virginia Gerhart of Toledo, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Dad was as "tough as nails." He completed boot camp at Parris Island in 1949. He served duty stations at Annapolis, Md.; Port Lyautey, Morocco; Gibraltar, Spain; Korea; Japan; Okinawa; Quantico, Va.; Camp Pendleton; and Twentynine Palms. He made two tours to Korea and four tours to Vietnam and earned two Purple Hearts. Also, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Citations twice, Good Conduct Medal six times, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He loved the Corps. He retired as a master gunnery sergeant.

Dad was also quite comical. He will be remembered for all of his funny sayings and mannerisms, most of which had a basis in the Marine Corps vernacular but were enhanced by Dad's unique flair for word selection.

Dad, we love you so much and will miss you greatly. God bless you. May you rest in peace.

A viewing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Joshua Tree Memorial Park, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. and a graveside service at 3 p.m.