Richard Joseph Allard, 73, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 13, 2002

The memorial service for Richard Joseph Allard will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. The Rev. Robert Schneider will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bonnerup Funeral Service, and one hour before the service at the chapel. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Military Organizations.

Richard was born in Austin on Jan. 20, 1929, the son of Harold and Rose (Stephani) Allard. He attended school in Austin. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II from May 1946 to October 1947. On Nov. 20, 1948, he was united in marriage with Gloria Winjum in Albert Lea.

Richard had worked in the Austin and Albert Lea area: Hormel Foods, Usem’s Chevrolet in Austin, operated a Standard Oil Station with Reinhart (Riney) Olson in Albert Lea, owned and operated Southside Shell in Albert Lea, Brua’s Auto Service in Albert Lea, owned and operated Smitty’s Tavern in Austin, owned and operated Allard’s Auto Repair in Austin, and House Chevrolet in Stewartville. Richard was a member of the Eagles, American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW.

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He raced old modified cars and was a crew member for Ole Brua for late model cars. Richard made many friends with other car drivers and crew members throughout his racing days. He played hockey with the Albert Lea Rangers. Richard enjoyed camping and sitting around the fire with his friends.

Richard is survived by three sons: Rick Allard and his wife Carol of Coralville, Iowa, Dave Allard and his wife Jeanne of Albert Lea, and Terry Allard and his wife Melodee of Grand Meadow; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Isabelle Solberg and her husband Edward of Austin, and Rosella Josephson of Austin; special friend, Betty Newman of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gloria, in 1992; and brother-in-law, Clyde Josephson.