A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Robert L. Allred, 75, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

Mr. Allred died June 14, 2014, at a local hospital with his wife and children by his side. He had undergone treatment for cancer in the previous six months.

He was born July 17, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., to Howard and Helena Allred. He grew up in Tulsa, Okla., graduated from Cascia Hall High School and attended Vanderbilt University before completing his doctorate of medicine at the University of Oklahoma. In 1962, while attending medical school, he met and married Carol Sue Owens.

After graduation, he served in public health with a residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit followed by an Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. He was a fellow during the time total hip and knee reconstructive surgery was introduced in the U.S.

In addition, he was one of the first orthopedic surgeons trained in arthroscopic surgery. He remained at the forefront of orthopedic surgery, implementing new techniques for over 40 years of practicing medicine in the Dallas metropolitan area, settling in Harker Heights in 1994.

Mr. Allred was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was devoted to his Lord, his Catholic Church and many Catholic organizations. He was a eucharistic minister, an active member in the Serra Club for over 40 years, a lay Missionary of the Sacred Heart and a member of the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He truly believed in sharing his love of God with everyone.

One of the things he was most proud of was that in recent years, he always called his grandchildren in the morning before school, had a prayer with them and then encouraged them to be better today than yesterday.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; three children, Paul and his wife, Caryn, Teresa and her husband, Kyle and Scott and his wife, Cheri; seven grandchildren, Drake, Noah, Jewel, Andrew, Katherine, Kaitlyn and Robert; one sister, Sharon; and brothers, Bill and Dick.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Robert to Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 123 W. Laurel, San Antonio, TX 78212.

Visitation is at 6 p.m.Wednesday with a rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights.

Broecker Funeral Home in Salado is in charge of arrangements.

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Aimee Hachigian-Gould

For Bob Allred's beloved Carol, extended family and friends, I pray for the Lord to help you heal. As an fourth year orthopaedic surgery resident at Henry Ford Hospital, I was privileged to meet Bob and Carol in 1983 when he was hosting the C.L. Mitchell Society meeting in Dallas. I was one of the first two women ortho residents at Ford Hospital and there were many staff surgeons who were not happy to have a woman in the program, especially one who wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. Bob spent some time visiting with me, immediately understood the toxic dynamics and went out of his way to take me under his wing. He gave me a piece of advice that probably saved my residency spot and let me make it to graduation. He told me that if I truly believed in what I said and what I did, if I always took the moral and ethical high ground, then "Tell 'em you're sorry you made 'em mad, but never apologize for what you did. The bullies will hear the 'I'm sorry' part and they'll leave you alone after that." I have used that advice to defuse many a tense situation ever since. I will forever be indebted to him for going out of his way to help a person he had just met. Bob was one of the kindest, most caring, and most Christian of men that I have ever known. He was quick to laugh and a true friend to all. The only thing that ever seemed to make him angry was injustice and he worked to fight that throughout his life. Thank you, Bob, and Godspeed until we meet again one day, on the other side of the river.

Terry Brown

I worked for Carol and "Doc" way back when they lived in McKinney, TX. Dr. Allred was a great guy. He believed in 'his' people and once you were in his office (patient or employee) you were 'his'. He and Carol sent me to a school in south Texas, I've carried the lessons with me ever since.
May the LORD be with the Allred's and hold them all in HIS hands covering them with love, and mercy.
Terry Brown

kcolbeth
kcolbeth

I was very fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Allred as a brand new nurse first on the floor and then in the OR. He was a man of strong convictions, compassion, and caring. He was never to busy to take that extra minute to talk with his patients or to explain a procedure to a wet behind the ears nurse. What stood out for me most however was that he was a man of such incredible faith. He would often bring me in reading material after one of our many discussions about faith and religion and even brought in sacred heart of Jesus pin, which I wear on my badge to this day. The world has lost not just a great man but an amazing human being and he will be missed dearly! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to my former coworkers. My true solace in his passing lies in the fact that he is with the savior that he spent his life working for. God bless you Dr. Allred....try to stay out of trouble!
Best Always
Kassy

JShipman
JShipman

Dr. Allred was an amazing man, he helped me with my carpul tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. He made feel "all better" and am very sorry to hear that he is gone now. I am glad to have had him as my doctor and he will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers go out to every one of his family members.

sherrieo

I started working with Dr. Allred at the hospital in Killeen as a travel nurse; we worked together for 18 wonderful months. He had compassion, understanding and strength. He was a perfectionist as an orthopedic surgeon; it was an honor to work with him both as a nurse and to be one of his patients. He will be greatly missed, I continue to think of him and laugh at his stories. Prayers to the family, he remains with us always, watching over all of us in heaven. In Christain love,

Sherrie Otto

tiffaneyaberle

Where do I begin. I have worked with Dr Allred for 11 years. I will miss him so much. I was so blessed to work hand in hand with this man everyday. God bless his family for their loss he will truly be missed by the whole community. Love you Dr Allred.

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