Allen Romero, 78, of Orange, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Born in New Iberia, La., on May 28, 1934, Allen was the son of Raoul and Annie (Louviere) Romero. He served in the U.S. Army during the 1950’s and was on the U.S. Army Boxing team as a member and later as a coach. He was a welder at Gulf Oil for 40 years. Allen was also a second degree black belt in Karate and taught at the Y.M.C.A. Most of all, Allen loved his family and was involved in all of his children and grandchildren’s activities.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Romero; brothers, Phillip, John and Noah Romero; and sisters, Mae Dartez, Lena Robbins and Hilda Boudreaux.

Allen is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jessie and Tina Romero of Orange; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mike Taylor of Orangefield; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Denice of Lumberton; and daughter, Christie Romero and her fiancé, Paul Peroni of Sulphur.

He is also survived by his brother, Lester Romero; sisters, Olive Dartez and Evelyn Kirby; and grandchildren, Dillon and Morgan Taylor, Christopher and Kyle Flanagan, Colbi, Chaz, Kyle and Megan Romero, Brennon, Bethanie and Abbie Patin.

Serving as Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be his granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice Fund, 550 Fannin St., Beaumont 77701.