Robert Dean Allison, better known as “Bob”, was born on December 27, 1927, in Chanute, KS, where he was raised by his parents, Glenn and Lorene (Burghart) Allison. He had an older brother, Wilbur Allison.
Bob graduated from Chanute High School where he served two terms as president of the FFA, Kansas State Farmers Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and played almost every sport in high school.
After graduating from Chanute High School, Bob joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the Submarine USS Cusk, which is well known for firing the 1st guided missile.
Upon leaving the Navy, he attended Chanute Junior College (now Neosho County Community College) and lettered in football and basketball. After Junior College, he attended and graduated from Emporia State University. While at ESU, he lettered in both football and baseball and was co-captain for two football championship teams.
Upon graduation, he began his teaching career in Kansas City, Kansas at Argentine High School and Harmon High School. While at Argentine, he was head football coach and assistant coach in both basketball and track. His football team won two EKL League championships.
He taught American Government and American History. After teaching in the classroom and coaching for over 30 years, he completed his career as a guidance counselor at J.C. Harmon High School until retirement in 1991.
He married the love of his life in 1960, Barbara Lightfoot, also from Chanute. They had 3 daughters: Stephanny Sauceda, Brenda (Merl) Page and Tracy (Chris) Kerth.
He leaves three granddaughters: Andrea Whitacre, Nicole Weathers, and Kelli Cox; three grandsons: Michael Page, Tyler Kerth, and Connor Kerth; five great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.
Bob was an active member of Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park, Kansas. He will especially be remembered for his passion for OPUS (Old Parishioners Up to Something), Stuff-A-Van, and Project Backpack (school supply drive). Until just a few months ago, he collected donated food from HyVee in Mission, Kansas, every Tuesday and Thursday, and transported it to Catholic Charities, Crosslines and the Food Kitchen at St. John’s Church in Kansas City, Kansas.
Memorials can be made to Evergreen Hospice or Christ Church Anglican, in care of Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas, 66210.