Helen J. Allen passed away Oct. 28, 2017, in Newton. She was born Oct. 2, 1918, to John and Anna Dudte at the family farm north of Newton, one of eight children. She married Ralph Allen on Nov. 30, 1939. Together, they established Ralph’s Grill in the 400 block of North Main, serving meals to residents of Newton and countless travelers until the early 1960s.
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