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Jerry L. Allen
December 12, 1954 - December 11, 2017

Jerry L. Allen

Jerry L. Allen
Dec 12, 1954 - Dec 11, 2017

Jerry L. Allen
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Jerry Lynn Allen, 62, of Litchfield Park, AZ, formerly of Marshalltown, IA, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, with his wife, Debbie, and great friends, Bill and Kelli Bounds, by his side.. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 West Main Street, Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, at Anderson Funeral Homes. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.


Jerry was born December 12, 1954, in Marshalltown, to Kenneth and Hazel Allen. He had one sister, Paula. Jerry grew up in the Marshalltown and Melbourne area, attending Marshalltown schools and graduating with the class of 1973. Jerry married Debra May on March 7, 1985 in a ceremony on St. Thomas, USVI.

Jerry spent his entire childhood growing up on the farm where he learned his amazing work ethic and attention to detail. That only grew stronger as he got older and his passion turned to law enforcement. He knew from an early age that he was going to be in the law enforcement field. He started doing "ride alongs" with officers and worked as a dispatcher when he was still in high school. As soon as he graduated he worked as a jailer and then went on to Clarion, IA as a police officer/EMT. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy while with the Clarion PD. From there Jerry moved back to Marshalltown to the Marshalltown Police Department as a police officer before moving to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office as a road deputy. At the Sheriff's Office, Jerry was involved in helping to form the recruiting program and motorcycle unit that other departments in the state then started. He was a Technical Accident Investigator with the department after graduating from the Northwest University Technical Accident Investigator program. He was a member of the Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators (MATAI). Jerry proudly retired from more than 33 years of law enforcement in 2006. After retirement, he worked at Barrett Jackson classic car auctions as block security, the Iowa Speedway as security, and most recently with SAFE Management as on field security at the University of Phoenix Stadium at Arizona Cardinals home games. Jerry was also able to work on field for Superbowl XLIX.

Jerry loved traveling. He and Debbie traveled several times to Europe. He traveled all over the United states via car, motor-home, and most loved the cross country motorcycle trips with his wife, Debbie. Jerry enjoyed hiking and was very proud of the fact that he climbed to the top of Pikes Peak three different times, most recently 2 years ago. He was a huge NASCAR fan attending races at many tracks across the country. Jerry had his private pilot's license and helped good friend, Don Niederhauser, fly single engine planes to Europe several times.

Jerry is survived by his wife Debra, his sister Paula (Don) Smith, mother-in-law Martha Gazaway, nephew Cyrus (Dawn) Shepard, nieces Kristi (Dennis) Beem and Kelli (Nate) Hamblin, great nephew Emory Beem, great nieces Ananda and Jaden Beem, and furry daughters Libbi and Matti. He is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Hazel Allen, father-in-law Lester May, brother-in-law Kevin May, and stepfather-in-law Charles Gazaway. He will be greatly missed by many extended family and friends.

Meghan Charlson on Dec 18, 2017

- [ ] My sincere condolences to family and friends. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God's promise to soon "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8) Rev 21:4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. To find more comforting scriptures visit www.jw.org.

Jennifer Johnson on Dec 18, 2017

Deb-
I've driven by the house on the hill & thought of you so many times. Words cannot express the loss you are feeling but please know that your Fisher Family is thinking & praying for you. May you cherish all the wonderful memories & know that Jerry with remain with you each & every day~

Jean Drury on Dec 18, 2017

Debbie, I just realized Jerry is your husband. I am so sorry to read of your loss. May your precious memories together and your faith in God give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Jean Drury

Garry Brandenburg on Dec 17, 2017

Debbie, We were saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. And we are so glad we had a chance to visit with you at your AZ home several years ago. Jerry was a true professional in anything he did. Now he can be at peace in a heavenly setting. Garry and Bobbi Brandenburg

Joyce Meyer on Dec 17, 2017

So sorry for the loss of your husband Debbie. Sounds like you had a wonderful life together. Remember all the good memories. God bless.

Carol Strohmeyer on Dec 16, 2017

Jerry was a dear friend to our family back in the 1990's, he was also our neighbor and protector as he served as a deputy. He was loved by many and he served his family and Community well. He will be missed greatly. Dear Jerry I wish you Godspeed into the arms of our Lord Jesus. From Carol Strohmeyer, formerly last name McMillan

Pam Fuller on Dec 16, 2017

I had the pleasure of getting to know Jerry during my 16 years at MMSC. He had a special way with the accident victims. He could calm them in a very short time and he had empathy with the family of the ones who did not make it. Every once in awhile he would bring treat for the department. He always had a smile and a big heart. I am so sorry for your loss. Look to all the great memories to help you through this tough time.

Pam Jerome on Dec 15, 2017

Debbie,
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.
Pam Jerome

Patrick L. Wilson on Dec 15, 2017

Debbie and the family of Jerry, I am sorry. Jerry often appeared before me in court for various matters he was involved in. Jerry was always respectful and courteous. He was a dedicated law enforcement officer. Even at times when he would disagree with my decisions, he remained professional. You know you have achieved success when you have the respect of your colleagues, Jerry had that respect.

David Thomas on Dec 14, 2017

Debbie, I am sorry to read of Jerry's passing. You are in my thoughts. It was a pleasure to be Jerry's doctor many years.
David Thomas

Gene and Debbie Hartwig on Dec 13, 2017

We are sorry to read of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Dennis & Marilyn Polley on Dec 12, 2017

Words have little meaning at a time like this, but we do want you, Debbie, to know you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing, but relieved at the same time that his suffering is over. ALS is such a terrible illness. May it comfort you to know Jerry is at peace, and you can hold on to the blessings of the life you shared.
Our Deepest Sympathy, Debbie

Dennis & Marilyn Polley

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