Joshua Joseph Allen

Joshua “JJ” Joseph Allen, 36, of Prairie Village, KS passed away January 7, 2018. JJ was born April 5, 1981 in Kansas City, MO to Chris Allen and Patricia Buhler. JJ is survived by his wife, Erin, and sons, Carson and Llewynn Allen; sister, Krista (Travis) VandeNoord, brothers, Kyle (Michelle) Allen, BJ Allen, and David (Ali) Spruell. JJ was preceded in death by his daughter, Maya Allen.

JJ was a teacher both in profession and life. His creativity showed brightly in his guitar playing, love of music, and photography.  JJ’s love of the outdoors included a passion for mountain biking, hiking and shoveling snow. His number one priority in life was always family.  JJ would do anything for those closest to him. An amazing father and husband will be what he is remembered for the most.





A Celebration of Life is set for 3:30 PM, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Hillcrest Christian Church, 11411 S. Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS 66210.  The family will be available to share condolences beginning at 2:00 PM.





Memorial contributions in JJ’s name may be made to the Allen children’s education fund. Donations can be made payable to Erin Allen, ℅ the Burns & McDonnell Credit Union, 9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.  Any flower deliveries must be made to the church Friday, January 12th, between 10 AM and 3 PM.

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25 Comments on “Joshua Joseph Allen”

  1. Rich Vincent Says:


    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Rich Vincent

  2. Bill Brackmann Says:

    My most sincere condolences, unfortunately I will be out of town on the 13th.

  3. Debbie Stewart Says:

    We are so very sorry for this tragic loss. Our hearts are with your family, and especially Erin and his sons. I work at Olathe East, and he had a huge impact on so many students here, and they are very much mourning his loss, and having a hard time adjusting to this new reality. It was touching to see a roomful of 25-30 kids on Monday gather to support one another and to tell wonderful stories about their memories and experiences with Mr. Allen. Lori Ludwig told the kids that they need to remember all their stories to tell his sons someday, and to let them know what a positive impact he had on all of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers and condolences are with all of you in this difficult time.

  4. Hattie Rolston Says:


    So sorry to hear about JJ. I am also a photo teacher with the Olathe School District and I had pleasure of getting to know JJ through our District meetings. Such a shock and a terrible loss. My prayers are with you and your beautiful family.

  5. Susan M Watts Says:

    Erin, Carson and Llewynn – you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you a big big hug. Love Aunt Susan, Uncle Steve and family.

  6. Carrie Croxall Says:

    Erin and Boys,
    I can’t imagine what you are feeling right now. The pain, the loss. Words can’t describe how sorry I am and how much I wish I could be there to hug you. Know that you are all loved and I know the support you have around you right now, while it won’t ease the pain it will make it bearable.
    All of my love and thoughts are with you as you struggle through this dark time in your lives.
    Carrie, Jason and the Kids.

  7. Steve Cline Says:

    I have no words that can do justice to what you are going through – just know that you and your sons will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Steve Cline

  8. Jim Renegar Says:

    Erin, and yes, you deserve Erin.

    I can’t tell you how much I ache for you and your family. Words cannot describe your loss. Be comforted in the number of friends and family that are there to love and support you. Count us in that group.

    Our prayers are with yoy and you will be in our thoughts.

    Jim & Suzanne

  9. Marty Hansen Says:

    My entire family hurts for you and your sons sudden tragic loss Erin.

    Your husband, “Mr. Allen” had a tremendous impact on my son MJ, both in his art and the classes he took with Mr. Allen. MJ loved being Mr. Allen’s student assistant his senior year. My son is a freshman now at Nebraska Wesleyan University with a huge art scholarship studying to be a visual arts educator (like Mr. Allen & myself). Mr Allen was a wonderful male role model who truly showed interest in my son and his art. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten.

    Most sincere condolences,
    Marty, Laura, & MJ Hansen

  10. Trish Long Says:

    So incredibly sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working alongside JJ as an art teacher at Olathe South. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

  11. Claudio Calcagni Says:

    Lynn, my deepest condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Chandrani Misra Says:

    I am feeling sad hearing the news.
    I believe it is the journey of the soul and we do not always know the reason of what happens in our lives.
    I pray for the family to be able to withstand the loss and pray for the soul for the journey towards eternity.

  13. Courtney Bachelor Says:

    Erin, Carson, and Llewynn,
    I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Mr. Allen wasn’t only the best teacher I’ve ever had, but he became an amazing friend over the four years I was blessed enough to know him. He always went above and beyond what was required of a teacher, and from the way he’d always brag about you all and show off pictures of the boys, I imagine he did just the same for his family. He was truly the goofiest and most caring person I have ever known. I can’t begin to describe the impact he had on my life, but I know East will never be the same without him. My heart hasn’t stopped aching since I heard the news, so I can’t even begin to imagine what you all must be going through. I know there are no words to make sense of what has happened or make everything okay again, but I will continue to pray that you and the rest of your family find comfort and peace somewhere in this incredibly difficult time.

  14. Irene Ewers Says:

    Lynn – I am so very sorry to hear about JJ. Heartbreaking. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

  15. Kristen Pierce Welsh Says:

    I am so sorry for this loss. Our thoughts are with the Allen family during this difficult time. My husband and I went to meetings of the Shawnee Mission bereavement group with Erin and JJ, and he always seemed to have such a genuine and caring heart. It brought me such joy to see them each year with first one son and then the other at the annual Christmas event. I am so sorry that your family has experienced another tragic loss. May you find peace in celebrating the memories your family made together with JJ.

  16. Nancy Clewell Says:

    Erin and boys,
    We were so shocked to hear about JJ and are deeply sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with JJ when he was at Scarborough. He had the most amazing scarcastic humor and one line zingers! I could always count on him to bring a smile and chuckle to my day. Prayers of comfort and peace during this sorrowful time.

  17. Anshuman Panda Says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss..
    My prayers are with you.

  18. Susan White Says:

    Erin, my heart is heavy after hearing of JJ’s passing. I worked at Scarborough with JJ. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Susan White

  19. Debbie Jones Says:

    To all of JJ’s family, we lived working with him at Scarborough, and are so sad to hear about his shirt life ending too soon. He was a great teacher and great father. Erin I will always be there for you and time day or night!

  20. Irma Vilchis Says:

    I had the honor to work with Mr. Allen at Olathe East, and he really created a big and positive impact at our school. My deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Allen will be in our prayers.

  21. Sheetal R Sandesh Says:

    Dear Lynn,
    sorry to hear this news.. my deepest condolences to the family. My prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Juan Carlos Says:

    Lynn, So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, sending you a big hug

  23. Leigh Ervin Says:

    Lynn, although I didn’t know JJ, the comments here reflect his caring personality and positive impact on the world. He will remain in the hearts of many. Know your family is wrapped in prayers and healing thoughts during this time of grief. ~Leigh

  24. Samantha Vinardi Says:

    I really can’t believe you’re gone.
    As a teacher you truly touched my art and ignited my imagination.
    As a person your fire will never go out
    My heart goes out to his family and friends
    May your spirit and creativity live on forever

  25. Ron Oaks Says:

    I cannot believe that that swetp person has left you all alone. My heart goes out to you and your boys. We will continue to hold you in our prayers. Anything we can do just let us know.

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