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Obituary: Howard E. Owen, Seymour

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Mr. Howard E. Owen, 96, of Seymour, formerly of Columbus, passed away Wednesday May 21, 2014, at Schneck Medical Center.

Born July 27, 1917, in Goodland, IN, he was the son of Harley and Matilda Ann (Taulman) Owen. On December 31, 1938, in Scottsburg, IN, he married Wanda Jean Owen, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Owen was a member of Uniontown Baptist Church. He retired in 1980 from Western Southern Insurance after 35 years of service. He proudly served his country as a B-52 bomber pilot instructor during World War II and until his death was the oldest World War II veteran in Jackson County. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a member of the American Legion, the Scottish Rite, and Freemasons.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret A. (John) Smith; grandchildren, Amy D. (Rick) Malson and Susanne (Patrick) Meyer; great-grandchildren, Stephen (Megan) Hatton, Matthew Hatton, Abagail Grace Meyer, and Kathrine Margaret Meyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Harley Bernard Owen and Grover Owen; a sister-in-law, Dolly Owen; nephew, Howard Ronnie (Janice) Owen; nephew, Kenny Owen; and his companion of 13 years, Suzi Galloway.

Funeral services will be held at Voss Chapel in Seymour at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, with the Rev. Larry Tingle officiating.

Burial will take place at Uniontown Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post No. 89 and Disabled Veterans No. 47, both of Seymour.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Voss Chapel, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for the Blind.

Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service email at

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