William “Bill” Allen Sr. Passed away peacefully on June 26th, 2021 in Bakersfield, CA. Bill was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was the family patriarch if you will, Family was everything. He took his duty as head of the family very seriously, assuring that his family would serve and honor the Lord. Bill was a workaholic but managed to meet every need of his family. Bill loved his wife Nola and would do anything for her. He was a lifelong example of a servant of Christ. I will also say, He could say Grace at the dinner table faster than anyone around.
Bill was a lifelong New York Yankee fan and loved baseball in general. Bill was a very successful Little League and Senior League Manager and coach. Bill also loved music and loved to sing. Bill loved his employees at Coca-Cola and had nicknames for all of them. The family had no idea who he was talking about but was constantly on the lookout for the stick, the colonel, and many more.
Bill took his son to many concerts at a very young age as he would work the different venues. One of Bill Jr’s early memories was seeing the Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers, and Grateful Dead at UCSB at a very young age with Bill. Bill and Bill Jr always enjoyed attending concerts, baseball games, and hockey games. Bill was a “mother hen” and always took care of everyone. He always talked about his trip to New York with his Son, Grandson, and Daughter in law and watching the Yankees dismantle the Boston Red Sox.
Bill loved to travel with Nola and dreamed of opening a t-shirt shop on the beach in Playa Del Carmen. He spent many hours attempting to talk the family into moving and living on the beach. Bill loved to ask Bill Jr about all of his travels to South East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He always was worried about him but seemed to live vicariously through him. When Bill found out that he was going to have a grandson the world began orbiting around Wil. He would have stolen Wil and headed for Playa del Carmen if he thought he would have gotten away with it. Bill loved spending time with Wil and his FFA animals. They also loved going to amusement parks together.
Bill loved riding in his golf cart throughout Kern City and taking his grand dogs with him. He served on the Kern City HOA board several different times. He had also served as president of HOA at Rancho Santa Paula and helped residents to keep rent control by attending and speaking at city council meetings. Bill served as a church clerk and on church boards for many years. He was a people person and spoke to anyone who wanted to talk. He was extremely outgoing. He and his grandson had season tickets to Magic Mountain and they both spent many days there riding all the roller coasters. Bill’s grandson and son got Bill into offloading with jeep wranglers. The entire family had a blast climbing the rocks and going on rough trails. Bill and Nola loved to go on cruises. They did quite a few. They also enjoyed going on road trips. Our family all loved to explore new and different things. Bill had also gone to Mexico to help feed and tell the pour about Jesus. He would load his pickup truck with building supplies and go down on weekends with our church. He loved doing missionary work in Mexico.
Bill was a multitasker and was always busy. He loved being with people. He most of all loved God, then family. He loved his grand dog Daly and his great grand dog Cooper. They were part of our family and brought lots of joy. He lived a full and well-rounded life. He was always helping others. After retiring from 39 years at Cola-Cola in Ventura, he and Nola went to work as a team for Holiday Retirement and then Hawthorn Retirement as managers for independent living. Bill touched many many lives. He loved people and he loved God.
Bill was a great leader, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son, and son-in-law. Bill will be missed by all but all know that he is in a better place and no longer suffering. His entire family finds peace and joy knowing that he is now enjoying all that have gone before him and taking care of Daly girl for Bill Jr and Gail.
Words of Remembrance from Bill’s Daughter-In-Law Gail:
“Bill was a big man with an even bigger heart. He was the family matriarch if you will. He took his duty as head of the family very seriously, assuring that his family would serve and honor the Lord. He was a lifelong example of a servant of Christ. I will also say, He could say Grace at the dinner table faster than anyone around.
I first met Bill as a teenager. He was my Sunday school teacher. I loved listening to his wonderful stories he would tell. He always had an experience that would relate to the lesson somehow. Bill would tell the class of his experience of angles protecting his family during a horrific car accident. Stories of his father's ministry. Stories of God's faithfulness and blessing. Don't forget the donuts and Coke he always brought in for all us kids.
I always felt loved by Bill even before I met his Son Billy. Bill was very happy when Billy and I started dating and thrilled about our marriage. He always made a point to tell me he loved me not as a daughter-in-law but as a daughter. I must say however that nothing excited him more than finding out that he was to be a Grandpa. So then came the infamous pencil test.... The pencil test proclaimed that I was having a boy and nothing different. Bill loved taking care of his Grandson, and even enjoyed diaper changing. Nothing was too good for his Weebo he would say.
We all enjoyed family dinners, outings, and vacations together, as well as all of those special events and Holidays. Bill especially loved giving his family gifts and seeing his family together. Bill always strived to find the worlds largest Birthday cards and the singing of happy birthday at 7:00 a.m. By phone was inevitable. He was always saying that we should buy a big piece of land and build everyone a house on it so we could spend all our time together. This dream always included my parents, my brother, because we were all family he would say. He would even think of trades that we could do together. Hot dogs carts on the beach, a T-shirt shop in Mexico, a vending machine service, and of course we all share the dream of winning the lotto. That's where the family compound comes in.....
Bill was a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather. I will miss him until we meet again in heaven. I'm certain the heavenly celebration has only just begun.
He loved God, family, friends, Coca Cola, baseball, a good joke, singing, Casa de Soria, ice cream and grape Popsicles.
And we all loved him.”
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