In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Corning Public Library, the Corning United Methodist Church, the Corning Community Foundation or the Allen Heaton Scholarship fund which is being established at the State Bank of Brooks in Corning.
Masonic services by Instruction Lodge # 275 AF AM and military honors by Ourcq Post # 117, Corning American Legion.
Interment at Prairie Rose Cemetery.
Allen L. Heaton, the son of Wilma E. (Hossman) and Ivan M. Heaton, was born October 22, 1927 at Brooks, Iowa. Allen entered eternal rest on September 14, 2006 at the age of seventy-eight years, ten months and twenty-four days. He has a brother, Henry R. Heaton. Allen attended Brooks School and graduated from Corning High School in 1945 and was class Salutatorian. In December 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for two years, completed Electronic Technician School and was assigned to the USS Floyds Bay, which sailed around the world on a goodwill tour.
Allen attended Iowa State University for two years, returning home in May 1950 to work in the family business, The State Bank of Brooks and the Heaton Insurance Agency, when his brother was drafted during the Korean conflict.
On June 22, 1952 Allen was united in marriage to Beverly A. Day of Villisca, Iowa.
Allen became a Master Mason February 16, 1954, in Instruction Lodge 275, Corning, Iowa. Allen had dual memberships in Corning Instruction Lodge 275 and Iroquois Lodge No. 590, Nodaway, Iowa. He was appointed Senior Steward for 1956 and served through the chairs to Worshipful Master in 1961. That year he was appointed to the Iowa Committee on Masonic Education of the Grand Lodge and served 2 five year terms. In 1973 he was appointed as a Trustee of the Masonic Charitable Educational Corporation of the Grand Lodge and was currently serving as President of the MCEC Board. In 1995 he was Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Iowa.
In 1957 Allen joined Royal Arch in Corning and Council-Commandery in Red Oak. In 1978 he became Secretary of Eureka Chapter #77 RAM, and was currently serving as Secretary. He was High Priest in 1985. He was made a Knight of the Royal Arch in 1980. In 1997 Allen was appointed to the Joint Grand Chapter-Grand Council Committee on Mileage and Per Diem and was currently serving in that capacity. In 2002 he was appointed Illustrious Master of Hiram Council No. 30.
Allen became a member of Tangier Shrine AAONMS in 1957 and was a member of Adams County Shrine Club and in 1998 became a member of Za Ga Zig Shrine. He was a member of Emblem Chapter # 64 O.E. S. since 1989, and Sioux City Scottish Rite, 1981.
Allen belonged to the Corning Rotary Club where he served as Program Chairman and had 20 years of service as advertising and ticket sales chairman for the annual Rotary Scholarship BBQ. Allen was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1992.
Both Allen and Beverly were active members of Corning United Methodist Church, and enjoyed many volunteer activities in the community. Allen was active in the Republican Party and served as County Chairperson for many years as well as serving as Treasurer for the Republican Party. Other organizations that Allen was involved with include Corning Ambassadors, Corning Public Library Board, served on several committees for the United Methodist Church and was a regular blood donor for the Corning Blood Bank.
Allen began donating blood in 1952 and over the years has donated 132 units of blood equivalent to 16 1/2 gallons of blood. He regularly assisted with the unloading and loading of blood on Blood Bank Days. When he discovered there were no funds for refreshments he wrote letters and organized a campaign to raise funds to assist with refreshments. Allen is being honored later this fall posthumously by the American Red Cross for his tireless work.
Allen will be remembered far and wide as the “Ice Cream Man”. No matter what event, you could always count on Allen bringing at least one gallon, if not more, of a variety of homemade ice creams for everyone to enjoy.
Allen and Beverly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 2002 and have had the pleasure of traveling extensively the past few years. The trips they most enjoyed were traveling to see their children and grandchildren. Their five grandchildren were a great source of pride and joy to Allen and Beverly.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents; Ivan and Wilma (Hossman) Heaton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Pauline (Atwood) Day, and brother-in-law, Curtis Swanson.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Heaton of Corning, Iowa; daughter, Carla (Dr. Greg) Duncan, Bettendorf, Iowa; son, David (Annette) Heaton, Edmond, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Grant, Garrett, and Jenna Duncan, Sam and Jonah Heaton; sister-in-law, Peg Swanson, Red Oak, Iowa; brother, Henry (Doris) Heaton, Brooks, Iowa, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.