Danny Ray Allen

Danny Ray Allen, 66, passed away after a brief illness on May 21, 2023 in Elizabethtown, Ky. Danny was born on March 26, 1957 in Fort Knox and remained in Hardin County his entire life, devoting his career and energies to the service of the people of his hometown and the betterment of his community. Danny was a graduate of West Hardin High School, class of 1975. Among his many roles, Danny served as a former Deputy Sheriff for Hardin County, former KY 86 Fire Department Chief and member, Assistant Road Supervisor and then Road Supervisor for a combined 23 years, served on the Hardin County School Board, and most recently retired as Jailer at the Hardin County Detention Center. Danny was also owner of Allen Spreader Service & Trucking, Cecilia Truck Sales, Allen Auction Company, and co-owner of Hilton & Allen Auction Company. Danny's faith was instilled at a young age and was deeply important to him throughout his life. He was a Deacon at Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church and Cecilia Baptist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher as well. Most recently, he was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church. Danny became known for his hard work ethic and his perseverance- traits that he proudly passed on to his children, Matthew and Jenna. Widely known for his helpful nature and tender heart, Danny often assisted family, friends, and colleagues with virtually any tasks he was able to accomplish. During his tenure as Jailer, he established a donation program that enabled inmates to provide Christmas gifts to their children who came for visits. A love for fishing and hunting was passed on to his children and grandchildren, and memories of days on the pontoon boat or fishing in the pond will be remembered fondly by his family. Danny also enjoyed weekly fishing tournaments with his cousin, Dale Lewis. His grandchildren, who lovingly referred to him as "Papoo", will cherish memories of playing on the family farms, riding golf carts and ATVs, and enjoying sweet treats together. Danny is survived by his children, Matthew (Beth) Allen and Jenna (Jon) Colson; his children's mother and cherished caregiver, Lou Ann Allen; grandchildren, Jase Colson, Lucy Allen, Clay Colson, Annelise Allen, and Lily Colson; mother and step-father, Shirley and Earnest Pearson; sister, Pat (Barry) Roberts; niece and nephew, Erin and Travis Roberts; great-nieces, Leyton and Georgia Roberts; father-in-law, Bob Owsley and sister-in-law, Laura Owsley; and a host of other extended family and friends. A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, May 27 at Cecilia Baptist Church (416 E Main Street) with a visitation at 9 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Another visitation is scheduled for Friday, May 26th from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a burial at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens following the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Danny R. Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Cecilian Bank.


Friday, May 26, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cecilia Baptist Church


Saturday, May 27, 2023 starting at 11:00 AM
Cecilia Baptist Church

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