James ‘Jim’ M. Allen
Feb. 10, 1937 — Dec. 13, 2014
James “Jim” M. Allen of Waukesha died on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Manor Care Health Center surrounded by his loving family at the age of 77 years. He was born on February 10, 1937 in Wauwatosa, the son of Robert and Lucille Allen.
He married Dolores (Buchholz) on May 18, 1955, in Milwaukee, and shortly after proudly served in the U.S. Army for three years. When returning, he completed his degree in political science at Marquette University, where he was an eight-time letter winner while competing in track and cross country for the Warriors. He taught at Mukwonago High School and Oak Creek High School and also relocated to Germany with his family to teach as a Fulbright Scholar for one year. In 1972, he joined Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative in Waukesha. Within his over 36 years of his career, a huge part of his success came from his genuine caring and ability to build and maintain longtime friendships with his clients. Simultaneously, he was named head track and cross country coach at Marquette University, where he was instrumental in rebuilding the programs. During his 11-year period coaching, he impacted the lives of over 500 student athletes. He received numerous awards culminating with his induction into the Marquette Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2005, Jim’s former athletes created the James M. Allen Endowed Scholarship, that helps fund tuition for current student athletes. Jim was a longtime member and past president of the Waukesha Kiwanis Club. He founded the Key Club and the Waukesha Youth Track Club. While president of the Marquette Letterman’s Club, he was the driving force behind the fundraising efforts to build the “Bus” Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility. Jim was a member of St. William Catholic Church and active in the choir. He was passionate about running, music, sports and travel. More than anything, he loved spending time with his wife and family.
Jim will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Dolores; his children, Cristine (Gary Nevermann) Mikkalson, Todd (Carol), Jamie Brady and Kevin (Jane); his grandchildren, Jessica (Christopher), Ashley (Jason), Jennifer, Taylor (Nick), Justin (Claire), Collin, Jake, Katy, Riley and Cameron; four great-grandsons, Austin, Drew, Jack and Finn; brothers, William (Edith) and Thomas (Zita); sisters-in-law, Joyce and Linda (Dan); and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert and Jerry.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Martin Kern for the many years of special care and the friendship he had with Jim.
The visitation for Jim will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the memorial Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Curt Frederick will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association, 945 N. 12th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233, or the James M. Allen Endowed Athletic Scholarship
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Jim. For more information, please visit
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