May 15, 1920 –– Feb. 9, 2018
Myrlin Steve Allison (Steve) passed away peacefully at his home in Enterprise at age 97. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., to Clifford Stanley Allison and Myrtle Allison and grew up in Oxnard, Calif., where his folks owned a farm.
Steve developed a passion for game birds, cattle and horses. He attended Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif., for a year until Dec. 7, 1941 when he enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Force. He served until the end of the war.
After receiving his pilot wings, Steve was assigned to the air transport command ferrying division. His job was delivering aircraft from the manufacturing plants and elsewhere in the United States to where they were needed worldwide.
This included Bell P 39 Air Cobras to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Russian pilots, through the Lend Lease Act, would fly them back to Siberia.
Steve spent the last year of the war flying transport, carrying everything including food to Chinese troops in Burma and Southern China. In all, he flew 21 different types of aircraft.
After the war, Steve and his family moved to Le Grand, Calif, and established a cattle ranch. That is when he married his sweetheart Gertrude (Trudy) Ann Doerr Nov. 29, 1950.
In 1965, Steve and Trudy moved with son’s Mike and Steven to Joseph where they had a ranch on Tenderfoot Valley Road. They became partners with their longtime friends Jim and C. Bell Probert, owning at one time the Joseph Creek Ranch and later running cattle on the Divide.
Steve retired to property on Alder Slope where he continued to raise a small herd of Watusi cattle. Owning several planes, Steve continued his love of flying from the mid ‘70s to the early ‘90s.
In later years, Steve and Trudy spent their time hunting, fishing and traveling. His favorite pastime was squirrel shooting with family and friends.
He was always sharp and witty with a good story that seemed to take forever to finish. We will always be thankful for his advice and knowledge. He is forever our hero –– truly the Greatest Generation.
Steve is survived by Trudy, his devoted wife of 68 years; sons Mike of Boardman, Ore., and Steven of Mariposa, Calif.; seven grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his parents Clifford Stanley and Myrtle Allison and his brother Aubrey Allison.
There will be a celebration of Steve’s life in the spring.