NLJ Staff

March 6, 1924–Feb. 20, 2019

Ervin Robert Allen passed away on Feb. 20, 2019, at the Weston County Health Services hospital in Newcastle, Wyo., from health complications after sustaining a broken hip during a fall at home.

Ervin was the fourth of five children born to Ross Winfield and Anna “Lorella” Allen on March 6, 1924, at Newcastle. Grandparents were William Winfield and Eva (Fairbanks) Allen, Ursula and Ignac or Ignatz Kovak, of Austria, (known as Mr. E.V. Smith in the USA). Ervin grew up on the family’s ranch about 23 miles north of Newcastle in an area known as the Canyon Springs Prairie (near Mallo Camp). Siblings included his brother Ross “Junior” Allen, and sisters Ariel Cole, Anna Marie Rawhauser, and Lorna Hansen. 

Ervin attended North Timber School, then later Boyd School and Newcastle High School. After a couple of years of high school, he quit to help his father with the ranch and tend their sheep. Ervin’s favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting and roaming his beloved Black Hills on either his favorite horse, four-wheeler or snowmobile. He was an unbelievably smart and talented man with an uncanny ability to build or fix just about anything. When duty called during World War II, Ervin joined the Army in March 1945 and became a corporal, where he ultimately served as a military policeman in Tokyo, Japan. He received his honorable discharge in December 1946 when he then returned to ranching.

Ervin met the love of his life, Rose Astrid Hansen, at a dance, and they often met to roller skate at a local rink. They were married on Oct. 21, 1947, at the First United Methodist Church where they have both been members since a young age. The love between these two people has endured for more than 71 years and been an inspiration to all of their family. Although times were lean, there were many happy memories made camping and traveling all over the western United States, Canada and Alaska. There’s hardly a place they have not explored. 

In 1950, Ervin was offered a job at the Sioux Oil Company refinery in Newcastle, where he had a long and successful career of 36 years, ultimately becoming their head welder and go-to man for just about anything that needed repaired. He also served as treasurer of the local Worker’s Union. Although he suffered several serious injuries while working at the refinery, he always maintained a gung ho attitude for the work that needed to get done. To this day there remain numerous current and former co-workers that remember the great times working with Ervin at the refinery. Ervin and Rose made their home in Newcastle during his years working at the refinery, and then moved to their homestead near Four Corners after retirement. 

Ervin is survived by his wife, Rose; their children, Dan and wife Becky (Burleson) Allen of Sheridan, Wyo., Kathy and husband Harvey Dummer of Newcastle, and Saucier, Miss.; four grandchildren, Marilee (Matt) Goodrich of Longmont, Colo., Melanie (Jay) Araas of Sheridan, Stephen (Geneva) Dummer of Biloxi, Miss., Suzanne Stafford of Saucier; and seven great-grandchildren, Landon Goodrich, Max Goodrich, Ethan Araas, Blake Araas, Jonathan Dummer, Cloe Dummer, and Apollo Stafford.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Newcastle at 10 a.m. Cremation has taken place and burial of the cremation remains will be at the Boyd Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Ervin’s name to either the Weston County Senior Center, 627 Pine St., Newcastle, WY 82701, or the First United Methodist Church, 23 N. Seneca Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701.


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