James Allen, 1934-2020

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A memorial service for James Francis Allen will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea  with the Rev. Kurt Farrell officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester at a later date. 

James Allen

Jim passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Jim succumbed to respiratory complications brought on by pneumonia. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing. He was 85 years old.

James Francis Allen was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Owatonna to parents Oren and Catherine (Herren) Allen. He was raised on the family farm between Geneva and Blooming Prairie. After his schooling, Jim joined the United States Army and served honorably from 1956 to 1958.  He was called home early to take over the family farm after his father became ill. He would continue to operate that family farm until he retired at the age of 62.

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Jim was united in marriage to Teresa (Gerads) Fakler on June 13, 1981, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newry Township.  Jim was blessed to become a stepfather to nine children, and he thought of Teresa’s family as his own.  The couple would operate the family farm together until moving into Albert Lea in 2009.

As with most farmers, Jim didn’t consider farming as an occupation, but more of a way of life. He felt fortunate to care for the land and his animals, all while being able to provide for his family. Jim enjoyed traveling with Teresa in later years and enjoyed his coffee hours with the group of farmers. Spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren would always put a smile on his face!

He is preceded in death by both parents, Oren and Catherine Allen; stepson, Steve Fakler; stepdaughter-in-law, Sue Fakler; and his sister, Donna Ditlevson.

Jim is survived by his wife, Teresa Allen, of Albert Lea; brother, Joe Allen, of Kasson; sister, Mary Dahlke, of Dassel; stepchildren including Jerry Fakler of Osage,  Betsy Pelzer of Rochester, Paul Fakler of Mallard, Iowa, Susie (Paul) Foxwell of Byron, Greg (Stefani) Fakler of Blythewood, South Carolina; Tim Fakler of West Bend, Iowa, John (Theresa) Fakler of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ann (Byron) Todd of Minneapolis; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many loving extended relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donors are asked to consider a donation to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Blessed be his memory.