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Allen Lamb


February 23, 1953
March 8, 2020

Visitation 5 - 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Visitation 10 - 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 13, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 13, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia

Allen Keith Lamb, 67, of Centralia passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born on February 23, 1953 the son of William “Bill” and Helen (Featherling) Lamb. He married his sweetheart and best friend, Dana Dearing on October 28, 1989 in Centralia and she preceded him in death on September 20, 2018.

Survivors remain to carry on the memory of Allen’s generosity and kindness include his devoted children, Shannon Renth and husband Shaun of Hoyleton, Dusty Arnold of Odin, Lacy McDonald and husband Joseph of Centralia, and Kellee Lamb and David Huge of Hoyleton; 8 precious grandchildren, Keeghan Renth, Madysen Arnold, Kamerin Arnold, Reed Dearing, Raelyn Dearing, Rylee Dearing, Remi McDonald, and Rori McDonald; loving mother, Helen Lamb of Centralia; caring father-in-law, Doug Dearing of Martinsburg, WV; kind mother-in-law, Sandra Nealy and Don Evischi of Centralia; supportive siblings, Joe Lamb and wife Dina of Cravat, Sharon Rehg and husband Jon of Belleville, Donna Casseday and husband Allen Dean of Wamac; many special nieces and nephews.

Along with his wife of 28 years, Dana Lamb, Allen was preceded in death by his father, Bill Lamb.

Allen had an amazing way with people and could always make everyone feel at ease and welcome. Known as a social butterfly, Allen’s great smile could light up a room. He was an incredible grandpa and was glad to share his guitar abilities with his grandson, Reed. Allen played in his band “Crusaders” to the gratitude of many adoring fans. He was a true outdoorsman and would brave any weather and any temperature for some time admiring the beauty of nature. Allen enjoyed fishing and attending car shows. He took immaculate care of his lawn finding mowing therapeutic and loving the fact he could share this love with his nephew, Bryce. Allen was a fantastic husband and devoted his heart and soul to the love and care of his wife, Dana, being especially attentive through her battle with cancer. Allen’s heart was at least five times larger than the ordinary man and his family will carry on his legacy of kindness.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 13, 2020 at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Brother Claude Howell officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in rural Sandoval. Friends and family are welcome to visiting hours from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the funeral home in Centralia as well as one hour prior to the service time on Friday. Memorials may be made in Allen’s honor to the family’s wishes. Online condolences and memories of Allen may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.