We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Cranston Funeral Home
On Saturday, September 3rd, 2022, the world lost one of the few remaining “Greatest Generation” when David (Dave) Milton Allan (99) of Seaford, DE. joined his loving wife, Barbara. They are now reunited and at home with their Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Dave was the youngest surviving of 3 siblings of David M Allan Sr. and Selma J. (Watts) Allan of Woodbury, NJ.
Dave was a multi-talented man. He was an avid, excellent athlete. He was a golfer with a lifetime handicap of 5 and a State Champion tennis player in High School. He was also an accomplished violinist and pianist, and a wonderful father. In 1936 he won two tickets to the World Series by picking all the winners and losers in both leagues and correctly predicting their records. He topped it off by correctly predicting the Yankees would win in 6 games.
Dave was a true American patriot and very proud of being a WWII veteran, withdrawing from Cornell University in order to serve. He was very proud of his time in the China, Burma, India campaign as part of the MARS 475th Task Force with General Frank Merrill. He participated in the liberation of China from Japan and was one of the first 5 men to land on Formosa where he participated in the Japanese surrender of the island.
Dave returned to college and was in Who’s Who Student edition 1948-1949. He graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. While at Ithaca he was President of the Kappa Psi Alpha fraternity.
During his lifetime he owned multiple successful businesses in the rubber seals and janitorial areas. While he enjoyed owning his own business, he would frequently say he was happiest as a salesman. A job he held throughout his life into his late 80’s…because he enjoyed the challenge.
Dave is survived by 3 sons David (Amy), Douglas (Debbie), and Scott (Dolly) and 9 grandchildren. A memorial service for Dave and Barbara will be held at Bayview Baptist Church, 534 E Fourth St, Laurel, DE 19956 on September 17th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Veterans cause of your choice in his name.