Melvin T. Allen, 91, died Jan. 7. He was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Cloud Chief, Okla.

When Allen was about 5 years old, his family moved to Cottage Grove. He was one of 10 children.

In later years he went to work for Bohemia Lumber Company in Cottage Grove and then became truck boss for Elkside Lumber Company in Lakeside. He worked for them until 1985, when he retired.

Allen moved to Burns in the early 1990s. He lived on Newton Road for more than 20 years. He raised cattle and horses and loved the desert.

Allen loved playing country music and teaching his grandson Howie Roozeboom a song or two.

He is survived by his sister, Willow Hoops of Cottage Grove; daughters, Laura Allen of Crescent and Bobbi Roozeboom and husband Jim of Hines; granddaughters Jamma Allen of Tigard, Dawn Yutze and husband Lyle of Rawlings, Wyo., and Paula Sheen and husband Aaron of Hines; grandsons Howie Roozeboom and wife Christina, and John Roozeboom and friend Paulina Chinnery; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sons Arleigh Allen and John Allen, his parents and many siblings.

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