Orono_- Kevin Richard Van Allen, a young man of 50, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2004, with his wife, his daughter and his son (his treasures) close by his side. Kevin was born on Sept. 5, 1953, in Hempstead, N.Y., the second son to Henry Lowell_Van Allen and Maxine Alice (Jellison) Van Allen. Kevin was a very special person, which was obvious by the overwhelming love and support shown by family and friends not only while hospitalized but during his brief illness. Kevin graduated from Bangor_High School in 1972, and left for military duty. He joined “The Few, The Proud, the Marines.” He completed boot camp at Parris Island and attended Diesel Mechanic School at Camp Pendleton. Kevin returned to Maine to marry his high school sweetheart, Susan Margaret Mincher. He proudly took her off into the world with him, packing everything they owned into their new, shiny, silver Volkswagen Super Beetle. Their adventures began as a married couple in North Carolina. Kevin worked as a 2141 tank repairman and was selected for transfer to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Due to his excellence, he was chosen on several occasions to honor the Marine Corps by serving as guard at special parades on deck and at events such as the Azalea Festival in Norfolk. He left the Marine Corps with the rank of Sergeant E-5. Kevin received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Letter of Appreciation and Rifle Expert Badge M14. Upon returning to Maine he “kept the wolf from the door’ working in the building Industry_of modular homes. He worked hard, accomplished much and provided excellent customer service for his employer Al Benner. Kevin’s true life’s work was the love and care of his family. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t or couldn’t do for his family. This was here Kevin achieved his greatest success. He and Susan raised two kind, respectful, loving and accomplished children, of whom he was excessively proud. Kevin and Susan celebrated 30 years of marriage and in doing so felt they had joined a very elite club. Kevin and Susan, along with their children, worked and played together, filling their lives with joy and laughter. Throughout his lifetime with friends and family, Kevin hunted, fished, golfed and became a true Patriots’ fan. As a very talented and clever craftsman, Kevin would let no project stump him. His family nicknamed him, “Mr. Amazing!” He is survived by his dear mother, Maxine Van Allen; wife, Susan Van Allen; son, Nathan Van Allen; daughter Emily Van Allen and her boyfriend, Paul Freedman; sister, Connie Fleming and her husband, Steve Fleming; nieces, Jessica Fleming and Meagan Fleming; sister, Cheryl Moran and her husband, Steve Moran; niece, Laurie Moran; sister-in-law, Elisabeth Curran and husband, Edward Curran; niece, Lisa Cohen; brother, Jerry Van Allen; brother, David Van Allen and wife, Kathy Van Allen; nieces, Danielle Van Allen, Kim Foley; and great-niece, Tiana Foley; brother, Roger Van Allen and wife, Glenna Van Allen; nephew, Bob Van Allen; brother-in-law, John Mincher and wife, Mary Mincher; many friends and family, the most special being, Paul and Roberta Hesseltine. He was predeceased by his father, Henry Van Allen; brother, Donnie Van Allen; father-in-law, John Mincher and mother-in-law, Florence Mincher. A gathering for family and friends will be held 2 p.m. April 17, 2004, at Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union_St., Bangor. Please join us for a celebration of Kevin’s life. Donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to Operation Lift Off, P.O. Box 29, Carmel, ME 04419.