McLeansboro Times-Leader


December 22, 2010

John William 'Bill' Owen

McLEANSBORO — John William “Bill” Owen, 82, McLeansboro, passed away 4 a.m. Dec. 17, 2010, at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center, McLeansboro.

Mr. Owen was a maintenance manager for Thermogas. He was also a mail carrier for 20 years and a farmer for 25 years. 

He was born July 3, 1928, in Broughton to Haldon and Ruth (Stewart) Owen.

Bill married Anna Lee Unthank on June 21, 1947, in Morganfield, Ky.; she survives.

His funeral was Sunday at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, with the Rev. Ken Cook officiating. Burial was at Lindale Cemetery, Eldorado.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Bruce Lee Owen and wife Debra of Dieterich and Mickey Joe Owen and wife Carla Jo of McLeansboro; one sister, Barbara Falls of Eldorado; six grandchildren, Jeremy Owen and wife Amy of McLeansboro, Jason Owen and wife Allison of Marina, Calif., Joshua Owen and wife Tara of Elberfeld, Ind., Jacque Ordner and husband Jeff of Sullivan, Lisa Johnson and husband Ryan of Glen Carbon and Kendall Harris of McLeansboro; and six great-grandchildren, Mat and Ali Owen of McLeansboro, Lane and Brody Ordner of Sullivan and Ethan and Nathan Owen of Elberfeld, Ind.   

Bill was a member of First General Baptist Church, McLeansboro.            

He was well known for his talent in woodworking, having left many beautiful picture frames, baskets, lamps, etc., with his family. He loved gardening, woodworking and spending time with loved ones.            

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stillborn great-granddaughter, Gabriel.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

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