Lawrence W. Allen helped numerous individuals catch flights over time working as a skycap for Northwest and Delta Air Lines, however he was additionally a globe-trotter in his personal proper.

Whether driving his bike to Sturgis, S.D., or taking an annual cruise on the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, Allen was up for journey.

“His attitude with life was to enjoy it,” stated Marc Almand of Plymouth, who had recognized Allen since grade college.

The two grew up collectively in Chicago, each attending St. Dorothy’s School.

“He was like a brother. I got spankings from his mother and my mother gave him spankings,” Almand stated with amusing. Over 20 years in the past, they each ended up within the Twin Cities and carried on their brotherly bond.

Allen, affectionately generally known as Larry and LA, died of COVID-19 complications Aug. 2, one week after his seventieth birthday. He most not too long ago lived in Edina, however he lived for a number of years in St. Paul and Rosemount.

A memorial service was held Aug. 13, and he was laid to relaxation at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Allen was drafted into the Army in 1970 and stationed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, N.Y. In the early ’80s, he earned levels in accounting and laptop science from Chicago’s Loop Community College and DeVry Institute of Technology. He began working within the airline trade whereas nonetheless dwelling in Chicago and later transferred to Minneapolis. He retired from Delta two years in the past however nonetheless labored half time in safety.

Allen frequented Patrick McGovern’s Pub in St. Paul on Sundays with shut pals to observe football, his favourite pastime.

“Everyone considered him a best friend because he was a lovable guy,” Almand stated.

Allen cheered for the Vikings, however “his No. 1 in his heart team was the Chicago Bears,” Almand stated. “He was a Bears fan first.”

Dave Sowl of Bloomington stated football is not the identical with out Allen round.

“He lived for football season. He liked to get some bets in and ride the roller coaster of watching the game — like a kid in the candy store,” he stated.

Sowl, who earned the nickname “soul man” from Allen, labored with Allen at the airport for a number of years, and they performed softball collectively.

He described Allen as charismatic with sense of humor and the one who at all times bought the social gathering going. Allen was the catalyst for gathering the blokes at McGovern’s, a convention they may keep on in Allen’s reminiscence.

“I’m going to miss growing old with him,” Sowl stated.

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