James R. "Rusty" Allen, 60, of Pontiac, formerly of El Paso
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 1:39 a.m. at the OSF Richard L.
Hospice Home, Peoria after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11,
the First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, Pastor Heidi Punt and Pastor
Knappe will officiate. Burial will be in Southside Cemetery,
Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 to 7 at First Lutheran
Pontiac. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso is assisting the
Rusty was born August 1, 1953 in Austin, TX a son of Larry B.
Annabelle Webb Johnson Allen. He and his parents moved to Chenoa
later El Paso. He married Maribeth O'Connell in Pontiac. She
Other survivors include his daughter, Kelly (Ed) Faulk and his
Jacon Allen, both of El Paso; step children, Melanie Brinkman,
Blake (Shelly) Brinkman, Pontiac, Noah Brinkman, Garden City,
Taylor (Stephanie) Brinkman, Silverdale,WA; grandchildren,
Ethan, Athena, Skyler, Kailey, Keegan, Adilyn, and Rosemary; a
Peggy (Charlie) Straight, Beardstown,WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rusty worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections at
prison until his retirement in 2003. Rusty was a dedicated member
the El Paso Rescue Squad with over 35 years of service. He was
by the Danville Area Community College following his retirement as
Rusty was a lifelong fan of dirt track racing, and began helping
Tyne of Streator in the 1970's. He continued helping Jack for
years until he bought and raced his own car. He raced many tracks
Illinois his favorite being Fairbury American Legion Speedway,
won the 6 cylinder track championship in 1988. Rusty quit racing
1991, then worked at Fairbury Speedway as an official and
becoming the track promoter. Under his leadership Fairbury
Legion Speedway received UMP track of the Year for 2 consecutive
In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be directed to
Lutheran Church, Pontiac or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home,
Rusty's memorial video may be viewed and online condolences may be
to his family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
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