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 www.beckermilnesrettig.com.
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.