A memorial service for Carl Owen will be held Tuesday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Pine Island United Methodist Church.
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The Rev. Carolyn Westlake and the Rev. Rick Ormsby will co-officiate. Burial of the urn will follow at Pine Island Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion of Pine Island.
A lifelong resident of Pine Island, Carl died peacefully on Thursday, April 10 at the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Pine Island, seven days before his 90th birthday. He was surrounded by his family.
Carl Allen Owen was born April 17, 1924 to James and Lula Owen of rural Pine Island. Carl was enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He graduated from Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanics Arts Naval training school in 1944. He served in World War II on the minesweeper USS Skirmish in the South Pacific. Upon completion of his service, Carl moved back to Pine Island and married Colleen Friary on July 1, 1950. He was a member of the Pine Island American Legion Post 184 for 66 years and participated in the Southeast Minnesota Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2010. Carl joined the International Sheet Metal Workers Association Local 10 in 1955 and began working for Utility Sales Sheet Metal/HiMEC Mechanical and then Alpek Sheet Metal & Roofing where he retired after 34 years in 1989.
Carl thoroughly enjoyed his work and was passionate about farming and dancing with his partner of 58 years, Colleen. He also looked forward to his evening road trips with his younger brother, Bob. His main joy in life was his family and friends. He spent many summer nights at the camper on Cedar Lake in Aitkin fishing and playing card games.
Carl is survived by his three sons, Jim (Linda) Owen of Rochester; Paul (Diane) Owen of Mazeppa, Joel (Nicole) Owen of Pine Island; two daughters, Lori (Bob) Hall of Berne, and Mary (Terry) Seibal of Mesa, Arizona; ten grandchildren - Eric, Dena, Tammy, Jesse, Erin, Colleen, Jack, Madi, Max, and Adam; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Lou Shanks and Ruth Exner. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Colleen; five brothers, and great-grandchild Bailey Unger.
A visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Online tributes are being welcomed and may be created at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com .
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 12, 2014