ODESSA Bruce Monroe Owens, 88, of Odessa, peacefully passed away at Medical Center Hospital on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. He was born in Denton, Texas, on December 19, 1924, to Ada Lee Stiles and Bruce M. Owens. He graduated from Hollis High School in 1943. He enlisted in the US Army in June 1943 and was assigned to the Air Corp. While in the Army Air Corp he was most proud of being an engine mechanic on the B-29 Super Fortress. He was discharged from active duty in February 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. In August 1950, he was recalled to active duty in the newly created United States Air Force by President Truman during the Korean War to help bring the aircraft from WW II back into operational condition for the war. He was discharged in August 1951 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He returned to Oklahoma and met and later married Lorene Routh on September 5, 1954, in Socorro, New Mexico.|
Mr. Owens worked for Lone Star Gas and El Paso Products as a plant operator. He retired in the late 1980's as a plant manager. He then owned and operated Owens Trading Post until 1993. Bruce was a member of Masonic Lodge #219 in Hollis, Oklahoma.
Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene in 2011; his parents, Bruce and Ada Owens; his brother, Marvin "Hack" Owens; and two sisters, Ruth Christian and Irene Cole. He is also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Shannon Fulcher.
He is survived by his son, Gary Owens and wife Rebecca and children, Selina, Samantha, Gary Jr. and Sabrina, and great granddaughter, Lyrik; daughter, Linda Owens Given and children, Erica and Brittany, and great grandson, Alex; daughter, Judy Owens and her son, Roger; his cousin, A. J. Stiles; and dear nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Monday, November 25, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating, with Masonic Rite given in the chapel. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors rendered.
Visitation with family and friends will be 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to Star Hospice, 620 N. Grant Ave., Odessa, TX 79761. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To sign the guest book, go to our website at sunsetodessa.com.
Published in Odessa American on Nov. 23, 2013