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Charles "Tom" Allen

Charles "Tom" Allen

October 9, 2018

Charles ‘Tom’ Allen, 72, of Menomonie, passed away on October 9, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Bloomer, WI.

Tom was born on February 7,1946 to Leo and Annabel Allen and grew up on a farm outside Jacksonville, IL with sisters Mary Kay, Rita and Patricia. Leo and Annabel instilled the values of education, hard work, gratitude, and generosity; evident in how he lived his life. Tom was married to Peg in 1969 and had daughters Jennifer and Jill. Although they later divorced, Tom and Peg were a great team in raising their daughters. Nephew, David Pfeiffer became ingrained in Tom’s life when he moved to Menomonie to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Tom was an avid learner, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Quincy University and a Master’s degree from Illinois State University, both in Psychology. He spent his professional career at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the Department of Psychology from 1970 until his retirement in 2008 and developed many friendships along the way. Teaching was his passion, as was faculty governance and curriculum development.

Tom was a man with many interests. Photography was a hobby that captured poignant moments at family gatherings, out in nature and at his grandchildren's sporting events. He was enthusiastic about music, with an extensive collection and frequently attended live performances. Tom enjoyed nonfiction, thought provoking movies, and experiencing people and cultures off the beaten path. He was recognized for his dedication to the democratic process and his efforts to get out the vote, particularly with the university students. 

What gave him joy and filled his heart was his family, especially his grandchildren, his love for his girlfriend Janice Coker, and his close friend circles (poker, Log Jam, golfing). He should always be remembered having a smile, a beer, and great conversations with others.

Tom is survived by his daughters Jennifer (Steve) Dodridge of Wauwatosa, WI and Jill (Jim) Zeisler of Mequon, WI; sisters Mary Kay (Harland) DeGroot of Springfield, IL and Patricia (Kurt) Weber of Teutopolis, IL; grandchildren Max and Ava Dodridge, and Owen, Liliana and Jimmy Zeisler; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Annabel Allen and sister Rita Pfeiffer.

A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Log Jam located at 709 Broadway St. South, Menomonie, WI.

Memorials may be directed to the Stout University Foundation, PO Box 790, Menomonie, WI 54751 for the Tom Allen Scholarship.

Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services --Celebration of Life Center of Altoona, WI is serving the family.


Sunday, November 4, 2018 from2-5 p.m. at Log Jam 709 Broadway Street South, Menomonie, WI


  • Michael Lawler Tom Allen was first my instructor, then my colleague, and through all of it, over nearly 43 years, my friend. Tom was always available and always supportive. His death has affected me profoundly and I will miss him for the rest of my days.

    October 11 at 11:13pm

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