James Allen

April 2, 1944 - June 11, 2008

James "Bert" Allen, 64, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva. James was born April 2, 1944 in Springfield, MO the son of Gilbert and Rosemary (nee. Brown) Allen. He was united in marriage to Beth Kleekamp November 29, 1985 in Glenpool, OK.He loved photography, riding bikes, golf, baseball, tennis, reading and road trips. He graduated from Drury College in Springfield, MO and was awarded a Master's Degree in History from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He served in the US Army from 1968- 1972, achieving the rank of Captain. During the past 5 years he has given lively tours of the McCormick Museum in Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. He is survived by his wife Beth; his children Andrew (Loretta) Kluesner of Tulsa, OK, Carrie (Dale) Knipp of Denver, CO, Gregory Allen and David Allen both of Batavia; his mother Rosemary Allen of Springfield, MO; and a sister, Tina (Rob) Nelissen of California.He is preceded in death by his father Gilbert.Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Friday, June 13, 2008 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will be held in a private ceremony in Missouri.

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