John Frederick Allen, 70

Published 8:12 am Wednesday, February 28, 2018

John Frederick Allen, 70, passed away on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, Minnesota.

John Frederick Allen, 70

John Frederick Allen was born on March 18, 1947, in London, Minnesota, to Harold “Dick” and Ruth Marie (Nelson) Allen. John graduated from Austin Central High School with the Class of 1965 and received a bachelor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota. John was a “Jack of all Trades.” One of his first jobs was working for the U.S. Forestry Service building campgrounds in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. This was when he fell in love with the North Shore. He then moved on to various construction projects and finally became project manager for wood manufacturing industries that took him to China, Mexico and various places around the United States.

His love for the North Shore always brought him back to Minnesota. He became semi-retired and did odd jobs around the community and finally became a summer canoe guide for a local resort on the North Shore, residing in Schroeder, Minnesota. He could be seen walking, riding his bike or flying a kite around the area. He enjoyed attending blues and jazz festivals and was very talented at playing an array of instruments. John could often be found jamming with other musicians with his washtub bass fiddle. He also had a reputation as being the best dance partner on the North Shore. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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John was preceded in death by his parents He is survived by his sisters, Sharon Schmeling (Tim Anderson) of Austin, Minnesota, and Bonnie Moen (Al) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and their families.

A special thank you goes to Cortney and her staff at Barross Manor in Two Harbors, Minnesota, for the care and love they gave to John for the past two years.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at a later date.