Joe Dean Allen 1933-2018




Services for Joe Dean Allen, 85, of Grand Saline, were held Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Bartley Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Herring officiating. Interment will be in Rodgers Cemetery.

He passed away April 1, 2018, in San Antonio. He was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Grand Saline to Arthur Elvy and Della Media Monk Allen.

He was a lifelong resident of Van Zandt County where he retired from Burns Security as Captain of security at Morton Salt.

He was better known as Uncle Joe with Uncle Joe’s World-Famous Cheese Bait. He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dwight, Bill, and Earl; and four sisters, Margaret, Reva, Mary, and Virginia.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, JoNell Allen of Grand Saline; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dean and Judy Allen of San Antonio and Gary and Sharla Allen of Grand Saline; six grandchildren, Jamie Lopez, Chad Moore, Ashley Travis, Leah Martinez, Lyna Henderson and Kristey Busby; seven great-grandchildren; lifelong best friend, Terry Goggans; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Master fisherman, inventor, poet, songwriter, and amazingly creative practical joker, he brought laughter and joy to family and friends throughout his life.

His special “extra loved” cannon was fired in remembrance of his wonderful sense of humor. We know he heard it in heaven.

A loving and fiercely loyal family man and friend, he has truly been an angel among us. Godspeed, Joe.

Pallbearers were Chad Moore, Ronnie Davidson, Herman Burgess, Ernest Veach, Terry Goggans, and Eddie Gronewald.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 611 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, 78130.