Robert D. Owen

Robert D. Owen, 88, of Randalia, died suddenly on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Palmer Lutheran Health center in West Union

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette with Rev. Herbert Mueller, III officiating.  Interment will follow at Dunham Grove Cemetery, Randalia.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday. Online condolences may be left at

Robert Dale Owen, son of Carl and Alta Reeder Owen, was born September 24, 1924, on the family century farm where he lived his entire life in rural Randalia. He graduated from Randalia High School and joined the Lutheran faith after taking adult confirmation classes. On December 18, 1949, he was united in marriage with Lavera Fox at St. John Lutheran Church in Fairbank. A lifelong farmer, Bob was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fayette, the Farm Bureau and the Maynard Co-op. When he had time he enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his wife, Lavera of Randalia, he is survived by three sons, Jerry (Anita) Owen of Cedar Rapids, Jeffrey (Linda) Owen of Waterloo, and Jack (Joanne) Owen of Richardson, Texas; three daughters, Bonnie (Bill) Schwenker of Maquoketa, Betty (Keith) Wilcox of Independence, and Penny (Wayne) Dreyer of Haysprings, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; four step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; and one brother, Leslie Owen of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Doyle; and one sister, Caryl. 


Lu Anne Woolf on December 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM said:

Penny so sorry to see this. I have been missing you and wondered what you were up to. hope all is good now and you can have a happy holiday.
Gary and Tammi Fink on October 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM said:

Jeff, our sympathies in the loss of your father.
Laura (Visek) Gagne on October 16, 2012 at 7:05 AM said:

I treasure the memories of my summer visits to Uncle Bob and Aunt Lavera's. He called me "Hayseed" (my sister was the "City Slicker") and he would get me up early so I could go help him bring the cows in to milk. I always felt special when riding in the pick-up or on the combine with him. The memories of his kindness and patience will always be with me....
jessi/ step granddaughter on October 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM said:

Grandpa you taught me alot onthe farm how to milk cows how to bail hay how to drive the tractor even made me think the tractor broke down in the middle of the creek... we shared our birthdays together many years i remeber last yearthemostwe froze our butts off in september whilesupervisingthe guys roofing! I havethe picture of me and you with our cake! It seems all so unreal tody while visiting with grandma i wannted you to come in feom outside or upfromthe basement but it never happened :( keep wathing over grandma dad sid today you were stoking the fire causeit was hot in the kitchen
Judy Owen Radl on October 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM said:

I always enjoyed our visits to the farm - "the fresh country air" as my dad always said. My thoughts and prayers will be of all of you as you say your goodbyes.
Lois Visek on October 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM said:

You were such a good uncle. Will always remember what you did with your nose at the dinner table. May you rest in piece.
Jane Bowman on October 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM said:

I was saddened to hear about your dear father Bonnie and family. Your fond memories of him will last in your heart forever. I'm thinking of your family and saying prayers that you all find peace and are surrounded by people that love you at this difficult time.
Sheryl Gosse, Adele/Clarence Williams on October 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM said:

Lavera/Betty and family:We are sorry for your loss, heaven has gained another angel, he lived a good life. Treasure the memories you all shared through out the years and be close always now and in the future. Blessings to you all.
John and Sharlyn Reiter on October 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we will miss Uncle Bob greatly
Jack Williams on October 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM said:

Jeff - My sympathies on the loss of your Dad. God bless you and your family.

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