In Memory

James "Phil" Allen


The reunion committee sadly shares the news that one of our most dedicated and tireless supporters for the Class of 1966 reunions has passed away.

Dr. James Philip "Phil" Allen

NEWARK: A funeral Service for Dr. James Philip "Phil" Allen, age 65, of Newark, will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am at Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus. 

Phil passed away on January, 30 2014 at the age of 65. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 10, 1948 to his beloved surviving parents Doris (Finley) and James "Jimmy" Allen. 

He was raised in Newark and graduated from Newark Senior High School in 1966. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Muskingum College in 1970, a Masters of Education in Elementary School Administration at Xavier University in 1973 and a Doctorate in  Educational Administration  from Ohio University in 1984. Phil worked tirelessly within the education field throughout his life. He worked directly with the schools as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Later, he moved to The Ohio Department of Education, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. 

Phil was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Newark. He was a member of the First United Methodist Men, District Guide for Ministry, District Superintendent's Advisory Committee, New-Ark Emmaus Community, Gideons International and Promise Keepers. Phil was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and Licking County Retired Teachers Association. Phil was a Past Master of the Malta Masonic Lodge, member of the Laura Chapter of the Eastern Star, Licking County Scottish Rite, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Licking County Shrine Club, Aladdin Temple Shrine Club and Sons of the American Revolution. Phil's favorite past-time was  golf , especially with his church friends and his daughters. He enjoyed playing cards with his wife and their dear friends, boating at Buckeye Lake and cheering for the Newark Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes at various sporting events. 

Phil was preceded in death by his sister Katherine Gerber.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Allen of 37 years; he is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Sarah Hageman, her husband Derek and their children Ian and Sophia of Granville, Ohio; his daughter, Natalee Johnson, her husband Rick and their son Caleb of Darlington, South Carolina.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 5:00- 7:00 pm at the funeral home, 179 Granville Street, Newark, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:00 PM. 

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02/02/14 09:52 AM #1    

Beth Copeland (Crist)

Having known Phil since we were toddlers, it's sad to know I won't see his sweet smile or hear his laughter again. I admire Pam's devotion & care during these the last very trying years of this insidious illness who cut short the life of a truly 'gentle' man. May God bless them all.

02/02/14 11:14 AM #2    

Charlie Claggett

If you can count on your hand five good friends, then you are lucky. Phil was indeed a good friend, from our early days at Johnny Clem to our last days of going out to lunch together. God speed good and faithful servant and friend.

02/02/14 01:57 PM #3    

Donna Balding (Hara)

Deeply saddened by the news of Phil's passing.  He was such a lovely man and a great friend in high school.  He always had a smile on his face and was so kind to everyone.

His dad was a special man in our family's life because after a horrible car accident he worked with my brother and taught him how to walk again.

My deepest sympathy goes to his family.  He will be so missed.

Donna (Balding) Hara

02/03/14 01:33 PM #4    

Deane Bogardus

Although I haven't seen Phil in over 40 years, I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I remember him as always trying to do the right thing. What better  can you say of someone?


Deane Bogardus

09/02/14 03:21 PM #5    

Stephen Foxx

Phil Allen was one of the finest gentlemen I've ever known. When I moved to Newark my sophomore year, Phil embraced me as a friend and made me feel like an immediate part of the team (football).

Phil was my catcher during our run to the Babe Ruth State Championship game and a scrappier, tougher player you will never find. During tough innings, Phil would come to the mound and tell some corny little joke in order to calm me down - it always worked. Phil was a total team player - the team always came first. His gentle and kind spirit are truly missed and may God Bless Phil and his entire family.

I miss and love you Phil.

Your teammate,

Steve Foxx



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