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SOUTHAMPTON - Robert E. Owen, 75, of Southampton, beloved husband of Vyrline (Phillips) Owen for almost 20 years, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Amston, Conn., to the late William and Ruth (Raymond) Owen, he was a graduate of Cheshire (Conn.) High School and was a resident of Granby, Conn., for 15 years prior to moving to Southampton in 2010. He served his country proudly with the U.S. Air Force and worked for Talcott Machine in Meriden, Conn., retiring in 2002. He had also worked in the deli department of Big Y in Southwick and Westfield, as well as part-time with J & E Precision of Southampton. Robert enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Cheshire and Southington bowling leagues in Connecticut.
He loved to travel, working in his vegetable garden, and often cooked wonderful meals with his fresh vegetables, including the best eggplant parmesan.
Besides his wife Vyrline "Lynn" Owen of Southampton, he is survived by his sons Brian Owen and his wife, Geri, and Bruce Owen, and his daughter Brenda Bass and her husband, Doug, all of Cheshire, Conn.; his stepson, Brian Clee and his wife, Sue, of Gilbert, Ariz.; his stepdaughters Karen Labrie and her husband, Edward, of Southampton, and Tricia Davis and her husband, Erik, of Granby, Conn.; his grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas, Alyssa, Christopher, Brittany, Natasha, Amber, Shyanne, Rheal, Lila, and Kayla; and his sisters Emily Lathrop of California, and Virginia Chandler of Florida.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Louise Ancher.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hayes, Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby, Conn. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Masonicare Home Health and Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 7, 2013