Columbus, OH --- Arthur F. Allen, 79, of Colora, Md., died July 23, 2016, at Riverview Rehab and Health Center.
He was born in Athol, Mass., to the late Rutherford and Ellen (Emmit) Allen.
He was a Standardbred trainer and driver and a longtime member of the United States Trotting Association.
Mr. Allen had a real love for the sport. He started working with Standardbreds on the family farm when he was six years old. He honed his craft and went on to work for Stanley and Vernon Dancer for many years. He eventually owned his own stable and raced at Brandywine Raceway, Dover Downs, Freehold Raceway, Freestate Raceway, Harrington Raceway, Liberty Bell Raceway, Meadowlands, Pocono Downs, Roosevelt Raceway, Rosecroft and Yonkers. He will always be remembered for his passion, honesty and integrity for the sport of harness racing.
Mr. Allen lived and worked in New Egypt, N.J., for many years before settling in Boothwyn, Pa., on the Forwood Stables racehorse breeding farm from 1970-1985. Every foal that was born was a new and exciting challenge for him. He had a real gift and enjoyed breaking the yearlings to get them ready to train and race.
He relocated in 1985 to Colora, Md., where he continued to train horses. He shared his knowledge and love of horses with a group of young people who considered him a great mentor and a second father.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Charleen Banks; son, Anthony; stepsons, William (Tammy) Banks and David (Nellie) Banks; brothers, Walter (Joanne) and James; sisters, Sandy Harrington, Mildred Mallory and Donna (Roger); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Arthur; brothers, Neil, Glen, Wayne, David, Rutherford and Richard; and sisters, Beverly Ryzychy and Margie Dufore.
In 2014 he entered into care for Alzheimer's. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, National Office, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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