The man who died after a trench collapse in Lee’s Summit was an avid bowler and a doting father and grandfather according to his obituary.
Brian Allen, 49, of Windsor, died Oct. 24 after a trench collapsed on top of him as he worked to connect a sanitary sewer to a home being built in the 1000 block of S.W. Drake Circle in the Raintree Reserve subdivision of Lee’s Summit.
Allen was in a 75-foot-long trench when the earth shifted about and collapsed, trapping him. Emergency personnel from the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City fire departments spent close to 26 hours working to free Allen’s body from the 14- to 17-foot hole.
According to his online obituary, Allen graduated from Windsor High School where he excelled as a distance runner in track. He participated in several state track meets, medaling five times, and still holds four Windsor High School records in track.
Allen was an avid bowler and was a member of the United States Bowling Congress, the obituary stated. He was a member of the Wednesday night men’s league and the Windsor Lanes Bowling Alley and was an active member of the Missouri Team Challenge bowling league where he had bowled his first perfect 300 game earlier this year.
Allen was also active in the national and regional championship tournaments held every year in various places around the United States. He also enjoyed fishing. Allen had worked for Holden-based Strate Plumbing and Heating for almost 20 years as a commercial plumber.
Several calls to Strate Plumbing and Heating owner Jack Strate seeking comment were unreturned.
In addition to his wife, Angela, Allen is survived by his mother, Shelby Allen of Windsor; mother-in-law, Helen Hermann of Clinton; daughter, Jaime Westover and her husband Mark of Holden; son, Micheal Allen and his wife Marki of Independence,; daughter, Riki Allen of Oak Grove; his father-in-law, Al Boatright of Rosedale, Cali.; step-son Kristopher Boatright and step-daughter Alexus Sherrer, both of Windsor; two grandchildren, K’Lea and Blake Westover; and sister, Deanna Burton and her husband Randy of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Allen was preceded in death by his father, Dean Allen; an infant sister, Lori Denise Allen and a grandson, Braydn Mark Westover.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Oct. 30) at the Assembly of God Church in Windsor. Burial will be in the Hickory Point Cemetery in rural Green Ridge. A memorial fund has been established to help with funeral expenses and contributions may be made in care of the Hadley Funeral Home in Windsor.