Allen Desmond

Obituary of Allen Desmond


ILION – Allen E. Desmond, age 70, of Barringer Rd., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, New Hartford, with his family by his side.


He was born on May 14, 1947, in Ilion, the son of Cornelius Joseph Desmond and Ruth (Allen) Desmond.  Allen graduated from Ilion Central School and Utica College of Syracuse University.  Mr. Desmond was a veteran of Vietnam serving in the US Army.  On July 22, 1978, he was married to Linda Vokins at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion.  Al worked as an Industrial Engineer at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for thirty years and also worked for the Dept. of Defense at West Point for ten years.  He attended the Church of the Annunciation and was an avid golfer.  Allen was a family man and cherished his time at home with his family.


Surviving family members include his wife, Linda; his children, Frank Desmond and his wife, Faith, of Middleville, Corey Desmond, of Punta Gorda, FL, Joelle Desmond and her fiancé, Brad Looman, of Ilion  and Danielle, of McCall, Idaho; his grandchildren, Michael, Morgan, Gwendolyn and Ophelia; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandra and Ted Mosenthin, of Salisbury Center, NY; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.


He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Don Desmond.


Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location at 102 West St., Ilion.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, E. Herkimer.


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In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, c/o Ilion Fire Dept., Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


The Desmond family have entrusted Allen’s service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate.