Milaca ‘cornerstone’ Allen dies at 83

Mille Lacs County Times

A staple of the Milaca and neighboring communities, Burton P. Allen Jr. (“Pete”), 83, died last Wednesday, April 4, surrounded by family.

As president and later chairman of the First National Bank of Milaca, Allen served customers and fellow community members in various capacities, just like his father and grandfather before him.
“Pete’s going to be missed,” said Milaca Mayor Pete Pedersen. “He was a cornerstone of the community.”

Allen joined his father at First National Bank in Milaca in 1956 and succeeded him as President-CEO upon his father’s death in 1965. His grandfather, J.A. Allen, had been one of the first presidents of the bank.

“Pete Allen’s death is a tremendous loss for the community,” said City Manager Greg Lerud.
“He was one who understood the importance of strong leadership, and being involved and supporting the things he believed in. He displayed those qualities every day. Pete could be counted on to support a wide variety of community activities and projects, and he always advocated for Milaca. His presence and leadership were critical in shaping the Milaca area for more than 50 years, and he will be truly missed.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, April 12 print edition of the Times.