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William Timberlake Allen

Born: Wed., Jun. 2, 1926
Died: Thu., Dec. 29, 2016


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 06, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 06, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: Houghton Wesleyan Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 07, 2017
Location: Houghton Wesleyan Church

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Houghton – Dr. William Timberlake Allen of 9816 Seymour Street, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Olean General Hospital. He was born on June 2, 1926 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the son of the late Walter J. and Jeannette T. Allen. On July 28, 1962 he married Jane McMahon Allen, who survives.


At age 8 he started piano lessons and quickly began composing music. His classical training was influenced by contemporary sounds.  After graduating from Aberdeen Central High School (1944), he spent 2 years in the Army in Japan, later attended Northern State University, graduated from Northwestern University (BA 1951, MM 1952) and Eastman School of Music (PhD 1954).


Bill taught 38 years at Houghton College. He was Professor of Piano and Theory, and later Composer in Residence. He wrote for orchestral instruments, piano, organ, voice, and chorus. His piano recitals frequently ended with a few minutes of improvisation. He especially enjoyed creating musical comedies based on campus life and cultural issues. In 1983 he wrote an opera, Young John Wesley, which was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Houghton College. His many settings of hymns revealed his genuine Christian commitment.


Bill loved to be creative with language, frequently making word-plays and puns. He also enjoyed writing letters and poems. He dearly loved his family and, most importantly, the Lord. He was a member of Houghton Wesleyan Church for more than 50 years. He sought to build relationships with everyone around him. He was a peacemaker who helped people feel loved and respected. While we celebrate his new life with Jesus, his presence will still be missed.


Surviving in addition to his wife are their children Elisabeth (Elieser) Algarin, William A. (Kristen) Allen, and Rebecca (Jose M.) Reyes, grandchildren Emily, Katherine, and William R. Allen, Antonio Reyes, and step grandchildren Jose, Kevin, and Manuel Reyes.


In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his three sisters Barbara Wegner, Harriet Andrews, and Joan Dunn.


Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church, where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.


Memorials if desired to: Houghton College, One Willard Avenue, Houghton, NY 14744, or Houghton Wesleyan Church, 9712 Route 19, Houghton, NY 14744.

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Pastor Nancy L. Russell
   Posted Tue January 03, 2017
We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayer in the loss of dear Dad and a wonderful peaceful man. I thank God for putting him and his wife and family in my path. Just recently I spoke to them at Aces and Oh how I felt blessed. May God's arms of love and healing grace surround you. In continued prayer, Pastor Nancy and Larry Russell.

Frances Hemstreet
   Posted Tue January 03, 2017
Bill and Kristin and family--my heartfelt condolences to you in this time of grief;may the Christmas tree become a victory tree, for it is a symbol of the gift of victory Jesus, our Emmanuel, shares with us. May the light of God's love shine on your dad forever. grace and peace, fran hemstreet

Ray Shaw
   Posted Tue January 03, 2017
Bill and Kristen,

After reading your dad's obituary and the story of who he was, he must have been a very special person to many, but especially to you who are his family. I am very sorry for your loss. I pray for the God of all comfort to be with you all at this time and in the future. God loves you and so do I.

Ray Shaw rshaw@disciples.com

Judy and Tony
   Posted Wed January 04, 2017
Pastor Bill and Pastor Kristen and family

May God comfort you.

Judy and Tony

Brian Rotach And Cheryl Bird
   Posted Thu January 05, 2017
"The strife is o'er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun:
Alleluia!" (UM Hymnal)

We just got the message.
We're sorry for your loss.

Losing our fathers has put a hole in our hearts and probably will yours, too. But the pain of losing him will someday be overshadowed by the joy of having known him.

We've discovered that when we work with kids who don't know their fathers, we are especially grateful to have the rich store of experiences and his example behind us.

If you find yourself in Buffalo on a hospital visit and have some extra minutes, give me a call and I'll meet you to talk about him...The Tim Horton's is on me! Brian

Shawn & Karen Hotchkiss
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
Bill, Kristen and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss, but so grateful with you for the hope that we have! We had hoped to come to calling hours today, but our day didn't play out the way we had imagined. Please know that we are praying for you!

Mary Carey
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
Dear Jane: I am very sorry to hear that Bill has gone on to Heaven without us. His gifts and cheerful presence will be sadly missed. May the Lord himself be your comfort and companion. With Love Mary (and Beverly)

Pauline Buck
   Posted Mon January 09, 2017
Dear Jane,
Our paths haven't crossed in many years, but memories linger from early Houghton days. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave and Pauline Buck

Dr. Harvey Jewell Class of 1964
   Posted Mon January 09, 2017
Dear Jane & Family,
Classmate Dave Hurd and also my sister Gloria sent me the email news of Bill's departure to eternal rest with his maker. We send you our heartfelt sympathy as losing a loved one is never easy. I hope it may be some consolation to tell you that Bill was one of the profound influences on my development as a musician and spiritually as well. It was such a treat to see you both at the 50th Reunion in 2014 and I thought it was a most fitting tribute for us to sing the class Hymn that Bill did just for our class. His model of generosity of time and interest in his students has stayed with me throughout my career. There must be hundreds of grateful students after 38 years teaching at Houghton and I thank God that I was one of them. Rest in peace Bill -- the waltz always comes back.

Ted and Bethly Crossman
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
Dear Jane, with sadness we just read that your dear husband died in December. Ted was searching for some Houghton information on the computer and came across Bill's obituary. He was such a great musician and pleasant man. Bill and his friend Nolan were kind in renting us their apartment at Houghton Hall while they were away in the summer of 1959. Ted and I were married at Houghton on July 3 and were delighted to be able to live there until the two Professors returned. They in turn were thrilled to find their "home" sparkling clean and treated us to dinner at Glenn Iris Inn at Letchworth Park. You, dear Jane, became a special friend to me. When our baby was born a year later you made the effort to come to the hospital to visit me and baby Stephen. To my horror I did not know who you were, only that you were a person I knew very well. That was the result of the anesthesia. Two weeks later we moved to Michigan so Ted could attend UofM for a Masters degree. We were delighted when we heard that Bill and you were married. May this little story let you know what a special influence both of you had in our lives. We're praying for God's comfort for you and your family. With our deepest sympathy, Ted and Bethly Crossman, Brighton, Michigan

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