Lavon "Von" Granville Owens passed away in Klamath Falls at the age of 64 on Thursday, April 15, 2010. A memorial is planned for this summer.
Von was the second of four children born to Willie and Susie Owens. He was born on November 4, 1945, in Sacramento, Calif. He attended school in Klamath Falls and graduated from Klamath Union.
After graduation, Von served in the Army in Korea as a paratrooper, earning Korean Theatre, Good Conduct and Excellent Marksmanship Medals. After his military service, Von worked for Burlington Northern for 27 years as a railroad conductor, retiring in 2001.
Von is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon Owens; son, Von Owens; daughters and sons in law, Cherice and Shawn Burke, Michelle Riley, and Debbie Owens; special mother-in-law, Florette "Clutch" Riach; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Deena Owens and Bill and Jan Owens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Owens, Julia and Carlos Barajas; step-parents, Calvin and Hazel Cornett; step-brothers and sisters, Sherry, Darcy, Debbie and Frank; grandchildren, Tarah, Taylor, Dustin, Kyle, And Jamie; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also is survived by special friends, Terry Riach, Chuck Hammond, Danny Story, Dennis Bennett and Doug Hasscamp just to name a few. He had so many friends with far too many to mention all. Each and every one of you knows who you are.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Floyd Riach; and his brother-in-law, Terry Riach.
Von married Sharon Riach on September 14, 1970, in Reno, Nev. They had a son and a daughter. Von was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Von was a compassionate, honest, friendly, straightforward, protective and independent Christian family man. He loved baseball and was an accomplished player and, later, a passionate coach in the Babe Ruth system. He loved the outdoors and participated in many fishing tournaments, winning the very first Big R Trout Tourney.
He was an avid gardener. He enjoyed traveling, playing pool and cards, gathering mushrooms and barbeques. He was very fond of Misty, his dog, and Gabby, his cat.
"Dad I promise you that when I am out fishing you will be right there with me. I will never forget you and I will miss you!" - Von.
"I may not have told you as often as I should have … but I love you more than any words can say and I will miss you very much!" - Love, "Reese."
"Von if there were a staircase I would climb up to heaven and bring you back home to us. I will love and miss you forever," - your wife, Sharon.
Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home is in charge of his arrangement.