Earl E. Owens
HOWARD — Earl E. Owens, 75, of Howard passed away Saturday morning, April 5, 2008, at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.
He and his wife, Mary, are 18-year residents of Apple Valley. He was born Sept. 19, 1932, in Walnut Hill, Ill., to the late Anthony and Eula Owens. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952, serving at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey with the 539th Fighter Interceptor Squadron before being discharged in 1955. He immediately joined the Federal Civil Service, assigned to numerous organizations in Ohio and Massachusetts with the Air Force and Navy before retiring in 1987. He especially enjoyed having his own freelance photography business, plus having the joy of traveling with Mary all over the U.S. (including two road trips to Alaska) and Europe. Throughout his lifetime, he served in various church leadership positions. He was a member of the Apple Valley Property Owners Association (board member and president), National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Heath and Danville American Legion Posts, and the Danville United Methodist Church (lay leader and trustee).
Earl is survived by his bride of 54 years, Mary Owens; and their four children, Russ (Sarah) Owens of Janesville, Wis., Ron (Jan) Owens of Lawton, Mo., Doug (Mary) Owens of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Vickie (Andy) Cox of Brussels, Belgium; seven grandchildren, Nick Owens, Joe Owens, April (Owens) Yates, Bethany (Owens) Holtrop, Lt. Ryan Cox, Kyle Cox and Jake Owens; and one great-granddaughter, Cara Yates. He is also survived by his sister, Dolores Kell of Centralia, Ill.; and a brother, Robert (Martha) Owens of Marion, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at Danville United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. A Celebration of Life Reception will be held at the Apple Valley Clubhouse from 5 to 9 p.m. also on Wednesday, open to all who knew and loved Earl.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Mr. Owens. Online condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.