Funeral Expenses for Tom Allen


March 7th 1960 - Sept 2nd 2021

My name is Michelle Sickles, and I am the niece of Tom Allen. I decided to create a GoFundMe to try and help offset some of the expenses that come along with the passing of a loved one for my family. My uncle's passing has not been the only loss the family has suffered recently, the family has also endured the recent passing of his son, Todd Allen. My uncle was cremated in Michigan and will be brought back to Indiana from Michigan where he was visiting and spending time with two of his brothers. We will celebrate his life on Friday, September 10th. My uncle's ashes will be laid to rest next to my grandparents and my sister at Blake Cemetery in Portage.

He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and loved ones on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021. Tom was preceded in death by his youngest son Todd Allen, his parents John and Lillian Allen, and his niece Kimberly Sue Mullins. Tom was survived by his sister Diane (Medwick) Matlock, Richard (Sherry) Allen, David (Cindy) Allen, Robert (Leasa) Allen, his two children Troy Allen and Tricia (Wesley) Allen, as well as their mother Tina Flood.

Tom was a lifelong resident of Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana. Forever a Chicago Bears fan. When asked what five words describe him loyal has always ranked first. He was quiet, but loved to have a good time, generous, and loved to help the people he cared about. I do not think he every truly understood how much he was valued by his family. He was cherished by his children and family. He spent as much time as he possibly could with his 9 grandchildren Karyssa, Ethan, Aubrey, Mckenzie, Paige, Isaiah, Addisyn, Carsyn, and Avery. He never met a stranger, and was a friend to many. He had a heart large enough to be able to love them all with everything he had. Tom was an organ donor, and with the help of The Gift of Life and the amazing staff at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan the legacy of his life will continue to live on through the lives of two friends that he never had the opportunity to meet.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 10, 2021 from 9AM - 11AM with a celebration of life immediately following from 11AM - 12PM at Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center at 8941 Kleinman RD (one block south of Ridge Rd), Highland, IN 46322 with Pastor Dwayne Jones officiating. Friends and family are invited to attend the graveside service that will be held at 1:00PM at Blake Cemetery in Portage, Indiana 46368.

In lieu of flowers the family would deeply appreciate donations to be made to help offset funeral expenses and any outstanding expenses they may incur from his passing.


Michelle Sickles
Valparaiso, IN

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