Billy Dean Allison Sr., was a master carpenter and master mechanic who could fix anything that was broken or find efficient solutions to any problem, said his wife, Barbara Allison.
“He was a jack of all trades,” she said. “If I had a project I wanted him to do, I told him what I wanted and he could do it.”
Billy Dean Allison Sr., 74, of Portage, died April 22. He was a member of Midwest Operating Engineers Local 150, retiring after 34 years of service.
He grew up on a farm, and dropped out of school after eighth grade. Despite his lack of a high school education, he could do many things easily.
“Things came so easily for him. He could do so much,” she said.
The couple, who married in November 1959, raised six children. When the kids were young, the family enjoyed using the CB radio, where he used the handle “Rusty Nail.”
“We had so much fun doing that, and made so many good friends,” she said.
The family had a cabin on a cove in Missouri, where he loved to fish and spend time with his family and friends. He made a sign that said “Hoosiers Cove” that was outside the Missouri home.
He loved to be surrounded by family and friends, and the friends of the six Allison children always congregated at their home.
“He was always family oriented,” his wife said. “He was amazing. He was an all-around good man.”