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Bobby J. Allen

Longtime resident, community leader and politician Bobby J. Allen passed away Wednesday night November 23, 2016 at his home with his wife and daughter by his side.  Bobby had been plagued with heart issues and diabetes for most of his adult life but had never let that stop him from trying to be of service in many varied capacities to his town, state and fellow residents.  He thrived on feeling like he was being useful and helping someone or to further some cause that he thought would benefit the community in some way.

Bobby was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on November 8, 1942 To James W. (Jay) and Ruth Allen, he was 74 years old.

Bobby was married to Margaret I. (Maggie) Torres on July 25, 1964 and they had recently celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Maggie Allen of T or C; his daughter, Windy M. Barnes of T or C; his sister and her husband, Belinda and John Brown of  T or C; his grandsons, Sgt. Sean M. Barnes of Moron, Spain and Mike Ward of Alamogordo; his granddaughter, Tyanna Sullivan of Texas; also five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his aunts – Trula Allen of Florence, Arizona and Virginia Spears of Lovington, NM; daughter-in-law, Deborah Vance and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bobby is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses – Ruben (Diane) Torres of Georgia; Mike (Cindy) Torres of Elephant Butte; Sophie (Punk) Culver of T or C; Rita (Bob) Johnston of Elephant Butte.

Bobby was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jay and Ruth Allen; his son, Mikel T. (Allen) Vance; his granddaughter, Mindy S. Barnes; his father and mother-in-law, Ruben and Ida Torres; and his grandparents and many beloved aunts and uncles.

Bobby and his family moved to T or C in the late fifty’s to take over a coin-operated amusement equipment business his father had purchased.  Bobby is an Alumni of HSHS.

He served in the New Mexico National Guard from 1957 to 1964, then went into the United States Army where he was ultimately discharged 4-F due to medical problems.

Over the years, he and his wife owned and operated a number of businesses and during those years he became involved in politics and got involved in all different types of clubs and organizations.

Over the years, he served as Democratic Party Chairman; served as a T or C City Commissioner for 12 years; Mayor pro-tem for two of those years; Mayor for four years and a Sierra County Commissioner for four years.  He served on the Municipal League for four years and the Governors Criminal Justice Commission for four years.

He has served as a volunteer firefighter over the years on different departments and was currently a member of the Lakeshore Fire Department.  He was a Charter Member of the Sierra County Rescue Squad; President of Elephant Butte Recovery Rescue Team; member of Sierra County Rescue (SAR); has been an Auxiliary member and Sergeant of the T or C Police Department; also served six years with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary; Charter Member of the Moose Lodge No. 2050; Charter Member of the Elk’s Lodge No. 2750; Member of the Eagle’s Lodge No. 4101; American Legion Post No. 44; Charter Member of Chapter 5 Legion Riders and a Member of the Jaycee’s and the Rotary Club.

He has been president and served on both the T or C Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra County Economic Development Organization (SCEDO). Was a founder of the T or C Raceway; President of the t or C Remote Control Park; a member of the Trap Club; Life Member of Geronimo Springs Museum; President of the NM Coin Operator’s Assn; and a member of the NM Gaming Board; a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and along with other concerned citizens of T or C, helped to create and served on the first volunteer ambulance service to the community.  There isn’t room to add all the other organizations he has been involved with over all these years.

The last and dearest to his heart was his approximate 15 years, 7 days a week devotion to the acquisition, building and completion of both the Veterans Memorial park and the Hamilton Military Museum.  In the beginning and over the many years, many people were involved in helping to bring this project to fruition, but out front continually spending countless hours and much of his own money, he made phone calls, sent paperwork, visited clubs and organizations trying to raise donations and support to get the project off the ground. 

With almost no funding to furnish the museum, he took what little money they had for that purpose and drove to Las Cruces in his own truck to buy supplies to bring back so he could build display racks and wall displays, etc.  He used his own cell phone to track down anyone willing to donate floor displays and collections to put in the museum.  He got donations of money and materials wherever he could to make it as nice as possible, something the community could be proud of and he and Maggie spent hours driving to wherever they could to get anything donated to the park or museum, and over the year’s hours on the phone putting together the Veterans Day events, etc.  Every hour he, his wife, daughter and many, many volunteers have put in at the Park/Museum was as an unpaid volunteer.  And they were proud and happy to do so and continue to do so.  He appreciated everyone’s help so much.

He loved the Park/Museum so much and his last wish was to live long enough to see the completion of converting the Wall from the metal to granite so that it would live a long and beautiful life long after he was gone.  While he worked with Rep. Diane Hamilton to get the money to fund the replacement of the Wall, he did not make it quite long enough to see the completion, for that we will always be sorry it meant so much to him.  We hope who come after him will make sure it gets completed properly and then his family, the community and hopefully him watching down from Heaven, will be forever proud of what he and many wonderful people over the years helped create for our beloved community.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Celebration Service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  with Celebrant, Rev. Marcos O. Reyna officiating.  Rite of Committal and Inurnment will be at the Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers are Sgt. Sean Barnes, Mikel Ward, Buddy Denton, David Garcia, Paul Bustamante, Tom Schalkofski, Mike Torres, Ruben Torres, Punk Culver, Bob Johnston, Walter Armijo, John Brown, Donald Hearn and Casey Jones. Following the services, there will be a reception for friends and family to be served at the Church Hall and everyone is welcome. For online memorial messages, please visit  Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St.-T or C, NM  87901

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  • Friday, November 25, 2016
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Friday, November 25, 2016
    I am proud to have been your good friend for over 36 years. Enjoyed visiting with you so many times in local restaurants and at the Memorial Park & Museum. You have contributed so much over the years to our community. You will be missed. You are in God's care now.
    ~ Harry J Verburg Jr   Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Dear Maggie, Windy & family, I meet Bobby at Ruth and Jay shop, down town. back in the late 50's. I have many memories of the Allen family. My Bobby with Ruth and Jay RIP. Prayers and love to the family !
    ~ Nancy Evans   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    Olga Armijo and myself send our sorry for the loss
    ~ Ed Stone   Truth_or_Consequences, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Our sincere condolences to the Allen family. Maggie, we are so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
    ~ Joe and Janet Hodgin   Williamsburg, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    ~ Dan Marshall   Dupont, WA
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    our condolences to Bobby Allen's family. He will forever remain in our hearts he was a great friend, sent with lots of love.
    ~ Gilbert and Josie Zamora   Canyon, TX
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    Prayers for the family
    ~ George and Cindy adams   T or c
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Thank you Bobby for all your service! Keep on dancing with the angels! RIP Bobby you will forever be missed.
    ~ Denise Addie   Caballo, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Windy, I am so sorry for your loss! I am praying for your family!
    ~ Bonnie Hille Lee
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    So sorry to hear of Bobbys death. He was much loved and admired in TorC and by all who knew him. My condolences to Maggie, Windy and all the family. He will not be forgotten.
    ~ Jo Gray   Charlotte,, NC
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    RIP Bobby and thank you for your service to our community. One fond memory of you was at a local dinner. I didn't feel good and was freezing. Without saying a word you walked out to your truck and brought me in a jacket. You will be missed.
    ~ Phyllis Mecca   Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Well known n will be missed
    ~ George L Reid   Rio Rancho, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    You will be greatly missed Bobby. Fly high like the angel you've always been
    ~ Kelly Sanders   T or C, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    I'm going to miss daddy Bobby
    ~ roxie lindsey   t or c, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    RIP !! My friend you will be missed !!
    ~ David & Irene Cook   T or C, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    The kids and I will miss you dearly grandpa. You were the best, things won't be the same without you and your hugs. Please hug Mindy tight for me. Love you always.
    ~ Stephanie Armendariz   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    Bobby you have been a good friend over the past 50 years that I have known you. . You will truly be missed by the community and for all the friends and family you have. ..RIP my friend you'll never be forgotten
    ~ Bud Harris   T or C, NM
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    My deepest condolences Maggie and family. I know your pain
    ~ Lydia Armijo-Torres   Corrales
  • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    I am so sorry for your loss. I feel very blessed to have known Bobby for the last 3 years. My prayers and thoughts for you and the family.
    ~ Cindi Mowdy   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    Bobby, thank you so much for all you did for our community. Your tireless efforts will be noted for years to come. Maggie, Windy and Sean, and the rest of the family - you are in our hearts.
    ~ Mike & Loretta Tooley   T or C, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    My deepest condolences to the family. Bobby was a great guy. He did so much for our community. He will be missed. He will forever be remembered. One of the things he did that was very special to me was when he allowed me to drop off and pick up our Veterans going to and from Albuquerque VA . I drove the 15 passenger D.A.V. van and coordinated it at the time. He allowed us to install a mailbox at that facility also. Thank you Bobby for everything. May you rest in peace.
    ~ Candy Holmes   Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    Rest Peacefully Sir. And please give my Mouse a big hug for me. You leave amazing shoes that will be impossible to fill. Love you.
    ~ Ginger Gurule   T or C, NM
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    I will miss his smile and his hugs and his words of encouragement. Bobby and Maggie have been fixtures of this community for so long it will not be the same without him. We will as a community be there for Maggie and Windy and Sean and do what we can to help provide comfort to them. You will forever be missed. Love you???
    ~ Vanessa Robinson   TorC, NM
  • Saturday, November 26, 2016
    So sorry to hear he has gone, but i know that little miss Mindy and Momma Allen are there to greet him.
    ~ Pam and Eddie Gurule   Torc, NM
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    so long Bobbie...............
    ~ kc riedemann   t or c, NM
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    My husband and I are deeply sorry for the Allen family's loss. Bobby Allen was a kind man who left a large legacy for the people of Truth or Consequences. Our prayers go out to the Allen family in their time of loss.
    ~ Rachel Feltaous   Bellingham, WA
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    Our prayer are with you and the family. Bobby was a friend and will be greatly missed......
    ~ James & Carol Turner   T or C, NM
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    We are so sorry for the loss of such an amazing man. Many prayers and hugs to those closest to him. He will not be forgotten.
    ~ Sam and Monica Hanna   Los Lunas, NM
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    my deepest condolences to the family may God Bless
    ~ Vera Whilley.   Westminster, CO
  • Sunday, December 04, 2016
    You did all you could to keep the park and museum open. Now others will have to step forward. I will miss your efforts greatly
    ~ Richard Wadsworth   TorC, NM
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    RIP... Bobby, you will truly be missed! Condolences to all the family, but please know God is with you due this loss!!
    ~ Richard & Donna Sainz   TorC, NM
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016
    I love u Maggie Wendy Sean Rita. I loved that man and I will miss him lots
    ~ Velda Seymour   Williamsburg, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Condolences. Bobby will be sorely missed. No politician can ever please everybody, but Bobby's heart was always in the right place; his efforts were never-ending to improve life in the community he loved.
    ~ Jim Streicher   Auburndale, MA
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    ~ Keven and Brenda Carr   TorC, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    RIP Bobby.....We will miss you!
    ~ Deborah King   Caballo, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences
    ~ Phillip and Bobbie Sanders   T or C, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    God Bless all of you. I have many fond memories of spending time with Bobby and Maggie camping.
    ~ Nina Francione   Queen Creek, AZ
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    You will never be forgotten. Prayers sent to your family and loved ones.
    ~ Laura Rodriguez   Elephant Butte, NM
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Our Condolences, we will miss Bobby. May God bless you Maggie, Wendy & family. lots of love.
    ~ Sonny & Connie Armijo   Alamogordo
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    God's blessings to the family. Our wishes for strength to you all.
    ~ Jenine Stiger   Gallup, NM
  • Friday, December 09, 2016
    My Condolances to his family and freinds he was a great guy
    ~ Cleve Prince   Magdalena, NM
  • Friday, December 16, 2016
    Goodbye my beloved brother. I will miss you forever until I can see and argue with you again. Take care of Daddy, Mother, Mindy and Mikel till I can join you all.
    ~ Lindy   T or C, NM