John Ballard Allen, Jr.

Published Mar 21, 2018 at 4:00pm

John Ballard Allen, Jr. (Jack), 82, passed away on March 16, 2018 at home surrounded by his family, from complications of metastatic breast cancer. Jack was born November 5, 1935 to John B. and Carmeta Barie Allen in Brooklyn, NY. His family moved back to their family home in Clinton, New York when Jack was a young boy. Jack graduated from Clinton Central High School in 1953, spent a post-graduate year at The Taft School in Connecticut before joining the class of 1958 at Bucknell University. Jack was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. Jack married the love of his life, Nannette Louise Transue, also a Bucknellian in 1958.

Jack and Nannette returned to Clinton in 1959 where he was the fourth generation in the family business, Allen’s True Value Hardware Store, and was blessed to work many years with his father. He began volunteering in the community as his father had before him. Among Jack’s many community and service affiliations were the following: Clinton Village Trustee, deputy Mayor, Water and Police Commissioner; board member and treasurer of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce; board member and treasurer of the Kirkland Art Center; board member of the Hayes National Bank; member of the Advisory Board of the NBT Bank; member and treasurer of the Clinton Kiwanis Club; board member and treasurer of the Kirkland Town Library and Friends of the Library; president and secretary of the Clinton Rink Association; board member of the Clinton Cemetery Association; board member the ACCESS Federal Credit Union; board member and treasurer of the Samaritan Center; board member of the Clinton Central School Foundation and he was a member of the Presbyterian Home Foundation Board. One of his most memorable contributions to the community was to serve as the Chairman of the 1987 Clinton Bicentennial Committee. After Jack sold the Hardware store in 1989, he became a stock broker and financial planner for the Savings Bank of Utica. 

In 2002, Jack and Nannette retired to The Landings in Savannah, GA. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. He volunteered in the community, especially at the front gate, and enjoyed taking his beloved part time dog, Sue Ellen, to romp in the dog park. Jack is predeceased by one daughter, Sara Allen Lepkofker. He is survived by his sister, Cynthia A. Ricketts, niece Elizabeth R. (Ned, sons Kip, Nick and Luke) Battey, nephew Daniel Ricketts; his wife of almost 60 years, Nannette; four daughters, Miriam Allen Joseph (Greg Joseph, sons Joshua and Zachary), Mary Tedd Allen (Rob Scott, sons Nicholas and Benjamin), Edi Russell (Steve Schmalz, daughters Melissa and Abby) and Libby Allen Rentz (Steve Rentz, son Matthew and daughter Laura); son-in-law Dennis Lepkofker; granddaughter Amanda Lepkofker Delgado (Gabe Delgado); and grandson Daniel Lepkofker. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 3 West Ridge, Savannah, GA 31411. All are welcome. A memorial and burial service will be held in Clinton, New York in mid-July. Details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a cancer research foundation of your choosing or to Hospice Savannah Foundation, Inc, PO Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.