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Allen Y. P. Pang (95), of Rockford, Illinois passed away peacefully Friday, February 17, 2017,at his home in Rockford surrounded by family. He was born June 26, 1921 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, to parents Wah Jim and Sau Han (Chun) Pang. He attended Likelike Elementary, Central Intermediate and McKinley High school in Honolulu. Allen was attending University of Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked and volunteered for duty on the afternoon of Dec 7, 1941. He was put on guard duty outside of Pearl Harbor for the next 12 months. In December 1942 he started aviation cadet training in Santa Ana, California. He rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant of a Martin B-26 Marauder crew and flew 68 combat missions in the European, Mediterranean, and Pacific Theaters, surviving a crash landing in Corsica on his 61st mission. Allen was awarded several Air Medals and battle stars, and the Presidential and French Croix de Guerre avec Palme unit citations.
After his service, he attended and graduated from the University of Iowa. He then began a dental graduate program at Loyola University in Chicago and went to the University of Illinois where he earned a postgraduate degree in pediatric dentistry. While in school at Loyola, he met Catherine A. Parchem, while dating her nursing class alphabetically. She was a student nurse at Wesley Memorial at the time. The two married on September 17, 1949 and moved to Honolulu for a short period. In 1951, they returned to the mainland and settled in Rockford because Catherine missed the change of seasons. The couple enjoyed more than 67 years together traveling, giving back to the community, and celebrating with friends and family. Allen practiced pediatric dentistry in Rockford from 1951 to 1989. After retirement, he did volunteer dentistry work at Crusader Clinic.
Allen loved parties with family and friends, gardening, golf, watching sports (particular the Hawkeyes), gin rummy and fishing. He frequently fished in Northern Canada and his favorite fishing trip was to the opening of Great Bear Lake, when the flight attendants thought he was a Playboy photographer instead of a fisherman and gave him special treatment.
Allen is survived by his wife Catherine (Kay), daughters Susan (Doug) Hughes, Laura (William) Wheeler, Sarah (Bruce) Munies and grandchildren Christian Kuhn, Ben Hughes, Meaghan Hughes, Jake Wheeler, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by Allen and Kay's beloved son Steven, his parents and brothers James, Richard, Albert, and too many beloved friends.
Allen is a member of Court St. Methodist Church, Rockford Country Club and the University Club. He is a life member of the Star in the East Masonic Lodge #166, Freeport Consistory, Jesters, Tebala Shrine Temple, Winnebago County Dental Society, Illinois Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. He was chairman of the committee that built Court St United Methodist Church and served on the boards of Severson Dells, Klehm Arboretum, University Club, Rockford Country Club, Rosecrance Home and Wesley Willows. Allen was also a member of Rotary Club and former member of Knight Templar. He served as treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president of both the Dental Society of the University Club. Allen was the first Asian to be elected as Potentate of the Shrine Temple and was awarded the Forrest Riordan Distinguished Humanitarian Award for Excellence in Medical Service in 2006. He was also the winner of the Dental Society's Service Above Self Award in 2010. Allen served as Chairman of Cosmopolitan Club LPGA golf tournament. He was a member and fellow of the American Academy of Pediodontics and a member of the Society of Dentistry for Children. He was very involved with the University of Iowa, and helped recruit football coaches Bob Commings and Hayden Fry, as well as basketball coach Lute Olsen.
Memorial services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, February 25 at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Rockford, IL with Rev. Calvin Culpepper officiating. Visitation prior to the service from 10:00 - 11:45 am in the church. In lieu of flowers, reach out to someone in need or make a new friend today, as Allen did each day. Please consider learning more about the nonprofits that were important to Allen such as; Court St. Methodist Church (215 N Court St, Rockford, IL 61103) and the Shriners Hospital for Children ? Tebala Shrine Temple (7910 Newburg Rd., Rockford, IL. 61112).
Burial services will take place in The National Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl Cater, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Special thanks to Dr. William Edwards of the Swedish American Regional Cancer Center, Wesley Willows Health and Rehab Center for their skilled and compassionate care and Visiting Nurses Association. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit olsonfh.com.


Condolences & Shared Memories (24)

  1. Little Fred

    God bless you, Laura, and all your family, especially Mrs. Pang. Soon comes the hope and assurance of Easter, although you may have already been living with this deep consolation since Mr. Pang's passing.

  2. Tom Lindblade and brothers

    We will miss Dr. Pang, a great good friend of my parents Bob and Millie. We will remember is kindness in helping our mom after our dad's death, and his constancy in friendship. He was our dentist and a wonderful role model through our upbringing, and he remained our family friend until his death. The smile and laugh and big heart were his essence. His life story will not soon be equaled, too. Love, The Lindblades

  3. Sarah D. Anderson

    As a lending assistant to Steve at Alpine Bank, I had the pleasure of meeting Allen and Kay on several occasions. What a wonderful couple and some of the best people. The memory of Allen will live on in all of the lives of those he touched. He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences. -Sarah Anderson

  4. Mike Fulling

    Allen will be truly missed. He was my Hawkeye buddy through and through.

  5. Elizabeth (Ring) Hand

    Dr. Pang was my dentist until he retired in 1989. I remember his office so well...packs of trident after a visit and the Boylan yearbooks we would page through while we waited to be seen. I was never afraid of the dentist because he was so kind and gentle. To this day I have a healthy respect for taking care of my teeth thanks to his education on why it was so important. He was a kind soul who will be remembered in my heart. My sincere sympathies to his family.

  6. Ellen VanLandingham Goldener

    Dr. Pang was also our family pediatric dentist - and beloved by all of us. He was also a longtime buddy of ur father's, Dr. John VanLandingham. I can stil hear his voice and see his face. He always had a twincke in his eye.

  7. S Ronald Henbest

    Kay & family, You know that I thought the world of Dr. Pang...after all, he was a Hawkeye thru and true. My best to you and to your family. Allen left his footprints in the sand.

  8. Bob Reitsch Jr.

    They just don't come any better or nicer than Allen Pang! "Mr. Iowa" as I fondly called him always had a kind word and always took time out to talk to me growing up in Rockford and at the U of Iowa. Always invited over to his tailgate! May the many great memories help the Pang family through this difficult time. God bless you all.

  9. Roger Bain

    I had the honor and privilege of getting to know Dr. Pang within the past few years. He was a customer of the company which I represent, and thus was my customer. In my 68 years, I must say he was one of the most humble, honorable, and nicest people with whom I have ever dealt with. "Perhaps they are not the stars, but are the souls of our loved ones, shining down upon us, to let us know they are happy." -- Old Native American proverb

  10. Miriam AndersonNelson

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the repose of your dearest husband, father and family member. I knew him as my childhood dentist. He was a good man with a wonderful sense of humor for young children! May his Memory be eternal in the Love of Our Triune God. I will keep him and his family in my prayers during this difficult time of loss for you.

  11. Rusty

    I am the eldest of the nephews and nieces and Uncle Allen was my Dad's older brother. My visit to Rockford and the enjoyable conversations with Uncle Allen and Auntie Kay at their idyllic home is a tresasured memory. Also, our conversations on Oahu. For one not easily impressed, Uncle Allen did impress me as an intellectual, a grand thinker on many subjects, and an excellent conversationalist. He was brave not only for his war accomplishments but courageous and determined in pursuing his career and lifestyle despite subtle and maybe not so subtle prejudices because of his race. But Uncle Allen persevered and soon his integrity, likeability, and great communication skills made many friends. Uncle Allen, a favorite relative lived a life worthy of emulation.

  12. Jamie lester

    So sorry to hear of dr.pangs passing! Thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family friends and colleagues as we all grieve this loss!! Dr. Pang was my pediatric and 1st dentist (for that matter) years ago when he had the office on north main and Whitman street area. Now a man of 44 , I reflect on the times I would bump into him in public giving back to the community at events like on the water front he ALWAYS remembered my name. And that was 20 years after I had been to his office. Apparently I had mad as much of an impression on him as he did on me. What a great man he will be greatly missed!

  13. Susan Hagan

    Kay, I am so sorry to learn of Allen's passing. I was so very fond of him, and have some wonderful memories of the times I got to spend with the two of you. He was a delightful, charming, funny, generous, and very caring person. I feel honored to have gotten to know him. David and I will be keeping you in our prayers.

  14. Nolan F. Sullivan

    My condolences to the family. I was the teacher of Dr. Allen's daughter, Susan, at Rockford East H.S. (I believe, Geometry). I also knew Dr. Pang from sharing the gym at RVC, as we were in the same Golden Eagles Fitness program for a few years. I enjoyed talking with him and to keep updated as to Sue's whereabouts. I lost my wife, Athalea (Lee) this past April; therefore, I haven't participated in the fitness program since then. I do remember the last time I saw Dr. Allen. It was during the breakfast at the end of the Fall session.

  15. SCOTT HORNING

    Dear Sarah, I remember you fondly from your days on the Fifth Floor. Your dad had a wonderful birthday. Sympathies to you, --Scott

  16. Scott S. Oren , D.D.S.

    A very giving and humble man. He will be missed! Gone too early!

  17. Marilyn Burgoyne Johnson

    I am sooooo sorry that Allen has left us. He always had a smile on his face, and was a quiet, friendly, kind, gentleman! I have so many fond memories of him...both as a neighbor and as a friend. What a wonderful man he was. Hugz to each of you !

  18. Marie Larson Hy

    Dr. Pang was my childhood dentist and my all time favorite! He knew how to calm fears and relate to children. I have spoken fondly about Dr.Pang throughout the years to my children, and have compared other dentists to him. Needless to say they did not pass, or could ever pass the Dr. Pang test. His shinning example on how to treat others has had an effect on everyone that met him. I, for one, went into the medical field, first as a dental assistant and then I wanted to do more. So I went on to become a nurse, all from my interactions with Dr.Pang. I'm so sorry for your loss, he will be missed. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Tracy Franklin

    I was a young patient of Dr. Pang and I really like going to see him, my brother . His office was in a white building on North Main St. I remember Dr. Pang having fish and also a Indian on his wall as you entered his waiting area. This time was around the 70's. I would always get cavities and my brother would not get one. Dr. Pang will be missed, I know he has completed his mission on this earth. I also know that families are together forever. He is free of sickness, and other worries, I know as a family you will miss him, learning to get along without him here. He will be watching over the family, I will be keeping your family in my daily prayers. He had accomplished a lot of things.

  20. Lorretta Hoey

    Dr. Pang was my daughter's dentist, what a wonderful man, so kind. RIP Dr. Pang

  21. Mary Ketner

    Im so sorry for the loss of Dr. Pang. What a nice picture of and tribute to him. I will fondly remember him as our family's dear and longtime friend.

  22. Albert and Sherrie Weiss

    We were so saddened to here of Alan's passing. Kind and good people are gifts to the world. We know he will be missed. Al and I send our love to all of you. May you find comfort in his incredible legacy.

  23. Adina Smith

    Dr. Pang was my dentist from when I had teeth until I moved out of Rockford at 17 years old. He was ALWAYS smiling, warm, happy and simply lovely. I think that because of him, I always loved going to the dentist and taking care of my teeth. He was pure joy and I'm saddened to hear about his passing. In reading this obituary, I learned he was much greater than I knew; a veteran, a Shriner and my dentist. Everyone who met him must have seen and felt what a wonderful man Dr. Pang was. I thank him for all the great memories and kindness! <3

  24. Joan Parchem Joyce

    My favorite memory of Uncle Al is how he joined the Parchems when we were banished to Grandma's back porch. He always was interested in our stories! I will miss him!


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