Joe Buck Allen

MARQUETTE, MI – Joe Buck Allen, age 82, of Marquette, left this world on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 10:00 pm, in the presence of his family and the staff of D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, where he had resided since December 2014. He made many new friends while residing there and loved the staff dearly, as they joked with him and just made him feel so very welcome.

Joe was born August 8, 1936 in Lamar County, Alabama, to Hezzie and Minnie Lee Allen. The family later moved to Detroit where he graduated from high school in 1956 and, shortly thereafter, enlisted in the US Air Force, beginning a career in military service that would span 20 years. Joe received his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and then was transferred to K.I. Sawyer AFB. He was the 157th person to sign on at the newly constructed K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. In 1957, Joe married the former Helen Summersett in the base chapel. Throughout the years, the couple traveled extensively to his various duty assignments, including twice to Germany, Morocco, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, Shenya, Alaska, Darmstadt, Germany, and twice to San Antonio, Texas.

In October 1976, Joe retired and began a new career in corrections at the Marquette Branch Prison, serving until retiring in 1998.

Joe was an avid lifelong sports fan, having played football and baseball in school and later in the military on various base teams. He loved the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers, but lived and breathed Alabama football. Joe spent many hours at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, cheering for his Alabama Crimson Tide

Joe is survived by his loving family, his wife of 61 years, Helen; sons, Stephen (Dana) of Columbus, OH, David (Kaye) of Galloway, OH, Richard (Dawn) of Marquette; and daughter, Kelli (Jim) Constance of Marquette. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Brittany (Vitaly) Fedorchuk of Dublin, OH, Ryan Allen of Galloway, OH, and Kasey Constance of Marquette; his sister, Mary (Ernest) Dyer of Baxter, TN; and many aunts and uncles in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Michigan, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Honoring Joe’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held to celebrate his life.

Memorials may be directed to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at

When you think of Joe, give a hug to someone close to you in his memory and ROLL TIDE!…