NORTHFIELD, Ill. -- John William Allen, former chairman and chief executive officer of J.W. Allen & Co., Chicago, was mourned at a memorial service after his death this month at the age of 76. Allen was a fourth-generation owner of the bakery ingredients company, serving as president and chief executive officer from 1965 to 1993 and then as chairman until his retirement in 1998. He is credited by many within the industry with helping to develop in-store bakeries within supermarkets and influencing their growth. He is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons; a sister; and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 88-541, Chicago, Ill., 60680-1541 or the American Diabetes Association, Northern Illinois Affiliate, 30 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2015, Chicago, Ill., 60602.