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Owen M. Lisenbee


06/14/1925 - 07/16/2014 Obituary
Owen M. Lisenbee Obituary
Owen M. Lisenbee passed away peacefully on July 16, 2014 in his home at Bakersfield, California surrounded by members of his family. He was born in Delano, California on June 14, 1925, as part of a pioneer family whose presence in the Delano area dated back to homesteading in the Central Valley in the mid 19th century. Owen had also traced his family roots back to ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Other than the years during World War II when he served in the United States Navy as a gunner and radio man on a carrier based torpedo airplane, he lived his entire 89 year life in the Kern County Area.
Owen went to Delano schools until the age of 17, when during World War II he joined the Navy. He received his high school diploma in absentia while serving in the Navy and was proud of his service on behalf of his country. Owen spent almost 40 years farming in the McFarland area, after which he spent several years as an agricultural appraiser. In 1945, immediately following his discharge from the Navy, Owen married his high school sweetheart, Mable. They were approaching their 69th wedding anniversary when Owen passed. His pride and joy was his family.
He was the loving husband to his surviving wife Mable, and the proud father of two sons and one daughter (Larry, Robert and Linda); their spouses, and several generations of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. He was also beloved by his many friends for his loyalty, great sense of humor and boundless energy. Into his final years he preserved his love of agriculture by nurturing a beautiful garden at his Bakersfield home. His family and friends will miss him greatly, with very fond memories of the many years of loving guidance he provided to all of his family, and long and honorable life he led. He was truly a sterling member of the "greatest generation".
All his friends and family are invited to a memorial service at the River Boulevard Greenlawn Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, followed by a reception at a location to be announced.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from July 20 to July 21, 2014
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