Charles Allen


Charles Allen


Charlie left us on the first day of summer, June 21, 2019, to join his parents Henry and Agnes Allen. Born Jan. 9, 1937, he was an only child. After graduating from Billings Senior High, Charlie entered the Navy for two years, stationed in California.

On Jan. 18, 1960, at the age of 23, Charlie joined the Billings Fire Department as a Tailboard man. He remained a fire fighter until 1989, then became an engineer and subsequently a Captain. He then joined the Fire Prevention Bureau as an inspector. The title was changed to Deputy Fire Marshall, which was the job he held until retirement. Charlie was extremely proud of his career, dedicating 38 years of service to the City of Billings.

Charlie had a very strong faith and relationship with the Lord. His church and bible study were very important to him, especially his Tuesday morning gathering at First English Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed giving back to the community as a volunteer for St. Vincent Healthcare and the Gideon Society. Charlie was a lifetime member of the Elks Organization. He was also an avid sports fan, watching Montana college games and attending many local high school games.

Over the years, Charlie and Bonnie enjoyed many years of exciting travel.

Charlie leaves behind his loving wife, Bonnie, of 35 years; two daughters, Pam Chow (Harvey), Cindy Paul; and three stepdaughters, Lori Wenckus, Misse Iverson (Jim), Nova Kolander (Dan); nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his favored cats, Mittens and Socks.

Thank you to Dr. Neal Sorensen and his staff at IMA, St. Vincent 3rd Fortin staff, and Compassus Hospice for the wonderful care of Charlie. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to First English Lutheran Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st. Burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 1721 Central Ave.

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  1. Harry Craig Kiner

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Allen. I always enjoyed his visits to Community Pet Hospital whether as a client or in his role as Fire Marshall. He was always a gentleman. On one of his visits to inspect us, he asked about a black and white tomcat that was recovering from surgery for a fractured leg. I mentioned that the cat was a victim of abuse and abandonment. I was trying to think of a new name for the cat…the previous owners has named him “Precious”..not a fitting name for a tomcat. Charlie suggested the name “Chicago” because the cat had “white socks.” Chicago lived with us for many years until he died at a ripe old age. I will always remember him and the fine man who named him.

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