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MONSON, Paul B. Allen, 82, died October 16, 2006, at Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover-Foxcroft. He was born October 1, 1924, in Shirley Mills, son of Byron and Georgia (Hanscom) Allen. He attended schools in Shirley Mills and graduated Valedictorian from Greenville High School, class of 1943. During school he participated in sports and school activities, providing his own transportation from Shirley to Greenville. He was proud of the fact that he would walk a telephone pole length and then run a pole length, all the way home. He served in the US Army Infantry during WWII and was in Normandy, D-Day + 9, and in battles in Northern France, Rhineland, and in Central Europe. He earned several medals, including the Croix de Guerre, awarded by Charles deGaulle. Following the war, Paul returned to Shirley and worked for Portland Monson Slate, local saw mills and the B & A Railroad. In 1958, he went to work for Moosehead Manufacturing, retiring in 1989 as Plant Manager. He served the town of Monson as Selectman and member of the Planning Board. He was also active in community affairs, including the Monson Academy Board of Trustees, Boy Scout Leader, Monson Historical Society, Volunteer Fire Dept. for 52 years, and the Towne Holmbom American Legion Post #116 for over 50 years. He was a member of the Monson United Church of Christ, and was instrumental in the building of the new church. Paulís hobbies included wood working, gardening, hunting, fishing, and he most of all enjoyed shoveling snow.

His family includes his wife of 58 years, Joyce (Haggstrom) Allen of Monson; 4 children and their spouses, Kennard and Gayle of Monson, Dwain and Janet of Dover-Foxcroft, Rodney and Elaine of RI, Donna and Jonathan Grout of MA; 8 grandchildren, Daina, Tom, Kenny, Kirk, Megan, David, Faith, and James; a great granddaughter, Ruby Rose; special niece and nephew, James French and his wife Sherri of Guilford, and Nancy Taylor of Dover-Foxcroft; a sister-in-law, Althea French of Monson; 2 special ladies in his life, Dawn MacPherson-Allen and Lisa Kelley both of Monson. He was predeceased by a brother, Clarence B. Allen.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 PM, Tuesday, October 17, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak Street in Guilford. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, at the Monson UCC Church with Pastor Marilyn Sargent officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeroad Cemetery in Monson. Those who wish, may make donations to the Monson UCC, P.O. Box 204, Monson, ME 04464.

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