Arthur Emerson Allen of Virginia, formerly of Westport and Weston, died March 26, 2010, at Danbury Hospital, after being stricken ill. He was 77.

Born on Jan. 12, 1933 in Norwalk, a son of the late Ralph and Viola (Bay) Allen, he was raised in Westport and graduated from Staples High School in 1951. Following high school, he served his country as Airman 1st Class in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He served two years overseas as a tail gunner on the B-29 Superfortress 307th bomb wing 372nd Bomb Squadron during the Korean War and later in the Air Force Reserves.

Upon Allen's return from the service, he met and married his wife of 40 years, Marion A. (Mantie) Allen. Together, they raised three children in Weston.

He worked for Sikorsky, from 1956 to 1964, as a field checkout technician assigned to the presidential helicopters. He worked for Norden Systems as a supervisor, from 1965to 1975, on electronic assemblies for prototype radar systems for flight aircraft, naval navigation and space systems for NASA. In addition, he also worked for Perkin-Elmer Corp., from 1983 to 1986, on the ASTRA Project; his proudest contribution was working on the Hubble Space Telescope project.

He retired in 1992 from Norden systems after re-joining them in 1987.

Allen loved carpentry, fishing and boating. His family, friends and church were most important to him. His passion was gardening and telling stories of his service to his country to anyone who would listen.

Along with his wife, Marion, Allen is survived by two sons, William E. and his wife, Dayna L. Allen of Newtown, and Mark K. and his wife, Lisa M. Allen of Norwalk; a daughter, Kathi L. Allen of Redding; two brothers, Charles "Buddy" Allen of Haines City, Fla., and Martin Allen of Stamford; as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Allen's family received friends on March 31 in Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall St. His funeral will take place on Saturday, April 3, in the parlor at 10 a.m., with Rev. Robert D. Beinke of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Norwalk to officiate; interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Christian Ministries, 13157 S. Old Moneta Road Moneta, VA 24121.

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