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Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Tuesday March 8th, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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McPherson Cemetery
Wednesday March 9th, 2022

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Marion Presbyterian Church
Wednesday March 9th, 2022

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Arlen Keith Allison

Keith’s life began on November 13, 1931, in McPherson, KS. He was the son of Ivan and Lydia (Chapin) Allison. Keith served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War years of 1953 – 1955 when he was released from the service to begin studying at McPherson College. Keith earned a degree in music at McPherson College, his Masters’ Degree at Wichita State, attended seminary in Dubuque Iowa, and his Doctorate of Theology from the University of Cleveland. Keith married the love of his life, Claudia Jo Stump on August 20, 1955, in Perryton, TX. He taught music in his earliest career at Halstead and later at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Keith was called to serve as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church after his teaching experience. He pastored the Presbyterian Church’s in McKinney, TX, Cushing, OK, Neosho, MO, El Paso, Tx and finally years  as an  interim pastor in Halstead, Marion, and Jetmore. Keith loved to travel with his family, especially to Estes Park, CO. He was an avid gardener and exceptional woodworker. Keith was also a talented piano player and a very skilled piano tuner, a skill he acquired early on in his family life and a skill he continued to use into his retirement. He is survived by his children Kendall (Patty) Allison of McPherson, and Jackie ( Terry) Osborne of Neosho, MO; grandchildren Carlin Turner, Austin Spencer, Derrick Allison, Nick (Abby) Osborne, Jeremy (Caitlin) Osborne, Kendra (Richard) Smith, Brandon (Emily) Allison, Matt (Kaleigh) Allison, Josh (Britney) Allison, Rachel Allison and Heather (Kollin) Retter; great grandchildren Maicy, Oliver, Owen, Oliver S., Tilly, Addilyn, Averie, Gavin , Austyn, Sadie, Devin and Emeryson and several nieces and nephews including one FN.  Keith passed away at his home with his children at his side on the evening of Thursday March 3, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Claudia, son Douglas, brother Vincent Allison and sister Ann Schubert. His family will gather with friends on Tuesday March 8th from 6-8 p.m. at Yazel Megli Funeral Home. Keith’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 9th at 11 a.m. at the Marion Presbyterian Church led by Pastor Jeremiah Lange. Burial will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday March 9th in the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson. Memorial contributions in Keith’s name may be directed to the Marion Presbyterian Church Piano Fund. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Keith at www.yazelmeglifh.com.

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Patty Allison May 31 2022 7:03 PM

Keith was such a joy to be around. He brought happiness everyday he played the piano at the senior center. I was blessed to have known him.

Janie Jewett Westerman Mar 12 2022 8:53 PM

Keith Allison was my Pastor during my high school and college years. I really came to know the Lord during his ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, Texas. I will be forever thankful for Keith, Claudia, Douglas, Kendall and Jackie and for their time in McKinney, Texas. Words can never adequately express my gratitude to this wonderful family and the life changing ministry of Rev. Dr. Keith Allison.

Charles Estes Fowler, Jr. Mar 10 2022 2:46 PM

When I think of my favorite people in my life, Keith will be on that list. He made the world a better place and was a pillar of the faith. There are not words enough to describe what a wonderful person he was. He had a way of making everyone he encountered feel valued and special. Wise, funny, gifted, generous, mischievous, kind, strong, insightful, faithful & true. I looked forward to seeing him on Sundays. He was a blessing and all who knew him were blessed by who he was. I will always be thankful to have known him. Rejoicing and singing in heaven today but missed on earth.

Amy Kjellin Mar 9 2022 6:35 PM

It's an honor to have known him. He will be missed.

Ralph Noriega Mar 9 2022 4:30 PM

Keith, our family was so blessed to share a pew with you at Marion Presbyterian Church. You truly were a special man with a great smile and twinkling eyes. I know Claudia and Jesus were waiting for you at Heavens gate. Until we meet again.

Mary Messamore Mar 9 2022 11:36 AM

We were so proud to have known Keith and enjoyed his bright smile and musical talents. We know the music in heaven has just been made a little brighter with you there Keith. God Bless.

Gus & Becky Beitz Mar 8 2022 11:13 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Arlen Allison

Gus & Becky Beitz Mar 8 2022 11:10 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Arlen Allison

Kathleen A Goentzel Mar 7 2022 6:47 PM

Keith is was our great pleasure to get to meet you and enjoy your piano playing and your wonderful smile. We know that the band up in heaven just got a wonderful new member.

Gus & Becky Beitz Mar 7 2022 12:38 PM

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