John W. Owen

1927 - 2020

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John Wilburn Owen, 92, of Findlay, Ohio, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 at Fox Run Manor. He was born December 6, 1927, in Oak, Southern Illinois to Aquilla and Minnie (Morse) Owen. He married Dorothy L. Cox on January 29, 1950, at First Baptist Church, Broughton, Illinois. Surviving are his loving wife of 70 years Dorothy Owen of Findlay, son Ronald (Jean) Owen of Woodbridge, Virginia, sister-in-law Frances Barton of Evansville, Indiana, grandchildren Christina Smith of Front Royal, Virginia, and Bill (Virginia) Owen of Columbus Grove, Ohio, 4 great-grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, son Ray Owen, and 10 brothers and sisters. John retired from Dow Chemical’s maintenance department in 1990. Previously he had worked as a farmer, railroad worker, truck driver, school bus driver, construction worker for Chicago Bridge and Iron, welder at Differential Steel Car Company, and was the owner and operator of Fairview Mobile Home Park, Findlay. He graduated from Eldorado Township High School, Eldorado, Illinois, then attended the Blackwood Brothers Quartet School of Music in Dallas, Texas. John was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Findlay, member of the Masonic Lodge in Broughton, Illinois and Findlay Masonic Lodge, and Zenobia Shriners Temple, Zenobia Shriners Roadrunner, and Findlay Shriners Clowns. He enjoyed reading Westerns, sports (seldom missing a University of Findlay game), and gospel music. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 AM at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. The funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Maskell officiating. Immediately following the funeral service the Masonic Service will be held. Burial will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery. Due to COVID 19, the family will be practicing social distancing and requests all guests to please wear a mask or face covering while in attendance to all services. Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., Findlay, or Zenobia Shriners Temple, 8048 Broadstone Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551 Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Saturday, November 21st 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, November 21st 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Gardens [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, OH 44804

  • Contributions:

    First Baptist Church -
    For Online Donations, please select above link.
    1635 Fostoria Ave
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Zenobia Shrine
    8048 Broadstone Blvd.
    Perrysburg, Oh 43551

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To : Aunt Dorothy
Date :Monday, November 16th 2020
From : Karalyn Barnes and family
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love you



To : Aunt Dorothy
Date :Monday, November 16th 2020
From : Randy Owen
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.



To : Aunt Dorothy
Date :Monday, November 16th 2020
From : Randy Owen
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.



To : Aunt Dorothy and Family
Date :Monday, November 16th 2020
From : Rusty Owen
Prayers lifted for God's comfort as He comforts you and eases your hearts and minds.



To : Aunt Dorothy
Date :Monday, November 16th 2020
From : Glenna Owen Kenney
I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Wilbur. I've always thought of him as my favorite uncle. I will always remember the times we spent at your home when we were little kids ourselves. Sending prayers to you and your family



To : Dorothy and family
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : Becky and Gary Bunn
Dorothy, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Big John was such a special part of our families lives. He will always be remembered as such a loving man to us all. God saw you and him getting tired. He is now resting in Jesus’s arms and getting reacquainted with the family of believers that went before him. May you Rest In Peace knowing that he is getting things ready for your homecoming. What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see! We love you, Becky, Gary, Amber, Ashley and family.



To : Dorothy
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : David Leman
I am so sorry for your loss! 70 years is a long time for two to become one! John was a big man with a big heart! I always appreciated your friendship! May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time!



To : Dorothy Ron family
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : Jeanne Hile Neuman
So very saddened to hear of Wilburn's passing - I have so many fond memories of you all at First Baptist Church - I can still hear him singing in the little choir on E. Lima Street. When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!!!! Much love to you!!




To : The Owen Family
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : Jeff Opperman
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of John. He was a gentle giant and I always enjoyed seeing him and Dorothy, especially during my performances at the playhouse.

Warm Regards,

Jeff



To : Aunt Dorothy and Ron
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : Duane and Cathi Richardson
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Wilburn’s passing. It’s been a long time, but the memories of you all at Grandpa Harvey’s and Grandma Ida’s, and the stories we’d hear are happy memories. May God comfort you and give you peace knowing that one day we’ll all be reunited. Love, Duane and Cathi



To : Aunt Dorothy and Ron
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : Alan and Marilyn Anderson
We are both saddened and joyful that Uncle Wilburn is in heaven with Grandpa, Harvey and Grandma Ida Owen. You and Uncle Wilburn have always been so special to us. The memory of our lunches and visits will always bring a smile to our face. We love you and pray for God’s peace and comfort



To : Dorothy Ron and Jeannie
Date :Tuesday, November 17th 2020
From : John Cheryl Patterson
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. You and John will always be special to me.



To : Dorothy and family
Date :Wednesday, November 18th 2020
From : Becky and Gary Bunn
Dorothy, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Big John was such a special part of our families lives. He will always be remembered as such a loving man to us all. God saw you and him getting tired. He is now resting in Jesus’s arms and getting reacquainted with the family of believers that went before him. May you Rest In Peace knowing that he is getting things ready for your homecoming. What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see! We love you, Becky, Gary, Amber, Ashley and family.



To : Dorothy
Date :Wednesday, November 18th 2020
From : Rick Opperman
I'm sorry for your loss. John always treated me as a son. Dewey Lee and I still talk about our time at Dow thanks to John. I wish things were different but we have to take life as it comes. I explained to Jean about neighbors and family members that have been affected by the Covid crisis. I'll be keeping you in my prayers and asking God to help me make the right decision about attending the services on Saturday.



To : Aunt Dorothy and Ron
Date :Friday, November 20th 2020
From : Jack and Sheryl Atlee
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Wilburn's passing. We will cherish our memories of spending time with you at Grandpa Harvey and Grandma Ida's or your house. We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this time. Love to all Jack and Sheryl



To : Aunt Dorothy and Ron
Date :Friday, November 20th 2020
From : Jack and Sheryl Atlee
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Wilburn's passing. We will cherish our memories of spending time with you at Grandpa Harvey and Grandma Ida's or your house. We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this time. Love to all Jack and Sheryl



To : Aunt Dorothy and Ron
Date :Saturday, November 21st 2020
From : Jack and Sheryl Atlee
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Wilburn's passing. We will cherish our memories of spending time with you at Grandpa Harvey and Grandma Ida's or your house. We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this time. Love to all Jack and Sheryl



To : Aunt Dorothy and Family
Date :Saturday, November 21st 2020
From : Dennis Owen and family
We are thinking of you in this time of loss. I will always remember Uncle Wilburn big smile and laugh.



To : Aunt Dorothy
Date :Sunday, November 22nd 2020
From : Sheliah Gainer
Hi Aunt Dorothy, I'm Sheliah, Terri's friend. I came with her to Ohio one time to visit you and Uncle Wib. It was the best trip, you both were so sweet and I enjoyed meeting you both. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, he was such a Take care of yourself and you are in my thoughts.

Sincerely,
Sheliah Gainer




To : Aunt Dorothy and Ron
Date :Sunday, November 22nd 2020
From : Jack and Sheryl Atlee
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Wilburn's passing. We will cherish our memories of spending time with you at Grandpa Harvey and Grandma Ida's or your house. We are praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this time. Love to all Jack and Sheryl



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