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Herman Allman, age 77, died from complications due to pneumonia on Thanksgiving Day 2020.
Herman was born in the small town of Wheaton, Missouri, where he worked and eventually managed the family feed mill, Allman Produce and Feed, until it closed in 1973. Herman then worked for mental health providers as a mental health counselor in Missouri and then in the oil patch in South Dakota for several years until he moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he worked at Shawnee Milling for many years until he retired. Herman was very appreciative of the owner and the management of Shawnee Milling, the high quality of its product, and the loyalty of its employees.
Herman remained a resident of Shawnee after retirement until his passing.
Herman is survived by his son, Christopher Allman, his wife Christina, and their children George, Kathleen, and Jackson, residents of Shawnee, Kansas. Herman is also survived by his two beloved sisters, Becky Roskob (Joplin, Missouri) and Mindy Spencer (Joplin, Missouri). Mindy is married to Charles Spencer and they have two sons, Bruce and Evan.
Herman was preceded in death by his father, Stratton Allman, and his mother, Kathleen (McNabb) Allman.
Herman was a very hard worker and instilled that same work ethic in his son and many others. Herman provided those around him with many enlightening comments to address difficult or troubling issues. Herman did not tolerate bigotry or racial discrimination, finding the segregation of water fountains in Arkansas in the 1960’s repulsive—shaping the manner in which he lived. Herman was a man of quick wit and great humor. When watching a show on television about satellite technology with the family several years ago, the commentator noted that the camera on the satellite could recognize an elephant from outer space. Herman immediately commented that if the satellite could see an elephant, “it could almost see Peg”—a corpulent former member of the family who was largely loathed by all family members, but particularly by Herman. Herman was an avid sports fan, loving all forms of car racing but especially NASCAR, college basketball, college football, Kansas City Chiefs football, and baseball in years when the St. Louis Cardinals or Kansas City Royals were competitive.
Herman will be buried next to his father, Stratton, in Rocky Comfort, Missouri, but no date is set for the interment of his cremated remains.
In lieu of flowers, based upon Herman’s love of animals, the family suggests that anyone wishing to remember Herman make a donation to the Humane Society near their own location in his honor.
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