Allen C. Tweten, 91, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2023, at Bethany on University in Fargo, ND. Born on April 2, 1932, in Fargo, to Clarence and Mabel (Stulz) Tweten. Allen grew up and attended school in Moorhead, MN. From a very young age, he learned the value of hard work as he helped haul milk with his father from farm to farm in the area of Glyndon, MN.
Allen’s work ethic continued during his teen years, when he was employed by Cass Clay Creamery learning how to make ice cream and popsicles with his mother. Followed by the beginning of his career as a truck driver, he joined the team at the Sanitation Department with the City of Moorhead. As a Teamster Union Member, he drove semi for Twin City Freight and various companies until his retirement in 1994. His commitment and dedication to his work were unmatched.
Another significant chapter of Allen's life was his military service from 1952 to 1955. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as part of a bridge building and engineer crew. His dedication to serving his country was unwavering. He earned an honorable discharge from the military. Allen started his next chapter in Moorhead, MN to raise his family.
In 1953, Allen was united in marriage to LaVonne Marchand at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Their union was blessed with seven children: Ginger, Cindee, Bonnie, Joy, Jeffrey, Thomas, and Anthony. Allen took immense pride in his children and considered them to be his proudest accomplishments.
Aside from his career and family life, Allen had several interests that brought him enjoyment. He kept active with his many side jobs such as: mowing lawns, rototilling gardens and blowing snow. For many years he enjoyed the art of square dancing and developed lifelong friendships. Allen also showcased his organizational skills in his basement/garage by utilizing all baby food and peanut butter jars to contain nuts, bolts, twist ties, various tacks etc. He spent many hours volunteering and was presented with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. Allen was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus.
Allen's warm personality and strong work ethic left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a devoted son, brother, cousin, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, great grandfather and cherished friend. His kind-hearted nature and willingness to lend a helping hand endeared him to many.
Allen is survived by his children, Ginger (Ken) Reile, Port Charlotte, FL, Cindee (Paul) Sather, Fargo, Joy (Mike) Dunn, West Fargo, ND, Jeffrey Tweten, Fargo, Thomas (Teresa) Tweten, Hawley, MN, Anthony Tweten, Fargo; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brothers, Milton Tweten, Moorhead, Curtis (Irene) Tweten, Reseda, CA; sister, Darlene (Cliff) Lenz, Coeur D’Alene, ID; longtime friend, Arlys; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Bonnie Engen; grandson, Tyler Tweten; former wife, LaVonne; and sister-in-law, Shirley Tweten.
Visitation for Allen will be held Friday, July 21, 2023, starting at 2:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN. Allen will be laid to rest at Fargo National Cemetery in Harwood, ND.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sanford Hospice 820 4th St N, Fargo, ND 58102 or Moorhead Parks and Recreation, 1300 15th Ave North, Moorhead MN 56560, or a charity of choice.