Jack Henry Owen, 93, Cynthiana, died Jan. 10, 2013 at Cedar Ridge Health Campus.
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He was born Jan. 13, 1920 in Louisville, Ky. to Sterling P. Owen Jr. and Lillian Altsheler Owen. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Sterling P. Owen III and Robert A. Owen.
Survivors include: four nephews, Robert (Nancy) Owen Jr., Cynthiana; Sterling P. (Jolene) Owen IV, Knoxville; Jeffery B. (Ann) Owen, Michigan; and Mark (Martine) Owen of Germantown, Md.; and two nieces, Ann Flynn (Harold L) Duncan, Scottsdale, Ariz. and Julie (Monty) Jones, Summerville, S.C.; and numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
He served in the Army, Army Air Corp, US Air Force and Air National Guard, flying high performance military aircraft for over 30 years. He served on active duty during WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. In July 1943, while piloting a B-17, his plane was shot down and he was a POW in Germany for two years. He had obtained the rank of Brigadier General and was serving as Assistant Adjutant General for Air for Kentucky at the time of his retirement. While on active duty, he flew such notables as British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery; Army Chief of Staff, General Dwight D. Eisenhower; and Lt. General Leslie Groves, Director of the WWII Manhattan Project.
He was a Director of the United Kentucky Bank of Pendleton County. As a real estate broker/developer, he created the Country Club Estates and White Oaks Estates subdivisions in Cynthiana and the Midden Acres and Green Fields subdivisions in Harrison County. For over 30 years, he was president and general manager of both the New Dixie Tobacco Warehouse and the Dixie Sales and Storage Company in Cynthiana. He also managed the S.P. Owen Tobacco Co. (known locally as the redryer) during its final days of operation.
He was a charter member of the Air Force Association, member of the Retired Officers Association and the National Guard Association.
He was cremated and will be buried in Battle Grove Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in the spring. The family recommends donations in his name to the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on Jan. 31, 2013