Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 10, 2013

Carlton Allen

GRAWN — Carlton Allen, 78, of Grawn, formerly of Indian River and Rochester, passed away Nov. 3, 2013, at home with his family by his side. He was 78. Carlton was born on March 19, 1935, in Pontiac, to the late Carl and Jeannette (Houghton) Allen.

Carl graduated from Troy High School in 1953. He continued his education at Lawrence Tech and earned an engineering degree from Kettering University, the former General Motors Institute.

On Aug. 27, 1955, Carl married his high school sweetheart, Myrna Hohl. They were married for 57 years and together raised two children, Carrie and Kurt.

Carl worked as an engineer for General Motors and retired after 35 years with the company.

Following retirement he and Myrna moved to Indian River, where they became members of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Indian River Sportsman’s Club. Carl was a sustaining member of the Boy Scouts of America.

In his spare time Carl enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, building models and tinkering in his workshop. Never wanting to be the bearer of bad news you could often hear him chuckle and announce, “Houston, we have a problem!”

He will be remembered fondly by his family as a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Carl is survived by his daughter, Carrie (Patrick) O’Brien, of Grawn; grandsons, Nathan (Georgia) O’Brien, of Traverse City, and Kevin O’Brien, of Grawn; sister, Janet Ann Crane, of Northport; a very loving and close extended family; and many friends.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna; son, Kurt; brother, Neil; and beloved dog, L.B.

Per Carl’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will remember him privately. Carl and Myrna will be interred at the Christian Memorial Cemetery in Rochester at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of your choice or join the global “Pay it Forward” movement in memory of Carl.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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