Allen Dale Pendleton, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021. He was born on September 28, 1955 in Louisville, Kentucky. Allen was a graduate of Butler High School. He was a food processor at Frito Lay for 29 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Irene and Henry “Gilbert” Shacklette, and Bernard Pendleton. Allen is survived by his loving wife, Gayle Pendleton; loving daughters, Shannon Walden (Michael), Kristin Leann Saylor (Brian), loving son Anthony Saylor (Theresea); grandchildren, SGT. Mason Allen Walden, Chloe Ann Walden, Tyler Whelan, Zoey Whelan, Jane Lyrik Saylor; brothers Charles “Chuck” Roseberry (Vickie) and Joseph Roseberry (Nancy).
Allen loved sports, with hobbies including golf and horseracing. He was a regular patron of Churchill Downs, where he was well known and made many friends. Allen never met a stranger. He brightened the room with his quick wit and a love to make people laugh, with close relationships with childhood friends spanning 50 years. He acquired the name “Big Al” and delighted in giving nicknames to many with a select few known by their real first names.
Allen was given one of the greatest gifts when in 2010 he received a liver transplant at Jewish Hospital Downtown Louisville, with an incredible team of doctors and nurses. Our family is thankful to have had all these years it gave Allen to be with us.
In 2019 Allen was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and fought a tough fight for two years. Allen gave it everything he could. He is the most strong willed person we have ever known. He carried that with him when in early 2021 he needed to start dialysis, once again, by a few weeks, he had the whole center laughing and smiling and having a brighter day. He called them “family”. We thank the University Kidney Center Bluegrass, a wonderful team and for the wonderful friends he made.
In the last few months Hosparus Health of Louisville helped make Allen’s journey to heaven as peaceful and as comforting as possible, with their exemplary care and kindness to Allen and family.
Allen's daughter, Shannon, always said “I love you daddy to the moon and back, and even further than that”, and he sure felt the same. Allen loved his family and his grandchildren who in the last few weeks of his time here showed incredible strength and courage and brought many tears of joy to Allen.
The family requests that contributions in Allen’s name be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Pan Foundation. To leave a special message for the family, please click “Share Memories”.