Family and friends remember the life of Owen Marshall McInnis, 16, Washington. Owen passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home. |
Owen, son of Kenneth and Ruth McInnis, nee Mesloh, was born July 27, 1997, in Overland Park, Kan. Owen's family, including older brother Evan, relocated to Washington in March 2001.
Owen lived an exceptional life. At age 2^, he lost language and was diagnosed with autism. Owen's family partnered with the Washington School District and the University of Missouri Autism Clinic to develop an educational curriculum for him. Nonverbal at age 4, Owen thrived under the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) curriculum provided to him. With the dedicated support of his teachers and family, Owen began his path to academic success. Much of his success was due to his own personal determination.
Owen spent his entire academic career in the Washington public school system. Every year, Owen gained greater academic skills. He loved school and being with his classmates. He steadily gained independence from academic modifications. Currently a sophomore, his class load included geometry, chemistry and Spanish II. His favorite subject was math. His current GPA was 3.5. Working so well independently, Owen transcended any academic limitations when in fall of 2013, his educational diagnosis of autism was removed.
For many years, one of Owen's main interests was tae kwon do. He began as a Little Ninja at Family Martial Arts, where he ultimately achieved blue belt status. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout, and received the Arrow of Light Award. Owen was currently a proud member of the Washington track and field team as a thrower.
An independent thinker, Owen loved to research subjects on his Mac computer. He would delve deeply into complex subjects, such as currency, history, geography and political systems. He loved going to the movies, the music of the Beatles, and developing his muscles at Tri-County Fitness, where he often could be found with his father.
Owen will live on in the memory his parents, Kenneth and Ruth McInnis, Washington; brother Evan McInnis, currently age 21; paternal grandparents, Charles and Penny McInnis, Bellingham, Wash.; maternal grandparents, Duane and Johanna Mesloh, Shawnee, Kan.; aunts, Kellie McInnis, Marsha McInnis and Debbie Mesloh; and cousins, Kevin McKinnis and David McInnis.
A celebration of life was held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Oltmann Funeral Home, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Washington School District Early Childhood Education Center to help purchase new playground equipment, which will be dedicated to Owen's memory. Memorials may be sent to Oltmann Funeral Home, 508 E. 14th St., Washington, MO 63090. Funding may be designated to the Washington School District, Owen McInnis Memorial Fund.
The McInnis family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Washington.
Published in www.emissourian.com/ on Apr. 26, 2014