LIBERTY, Ill. -- Jessie L. Mowen, 88, of Liberty, died on Sunday (April 13, 2014) in the Liberty Village in Pittsfield.
He was born on March 24, 1926, in Clayton, the son of Will and Anna Vonholt Mowen. He married Rita Zanger on May 2, 1953, in St. Brigid Catholic Church. She survives.
Mr. Mowen farmed his entire life. He was a member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Liberty.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Mowen is also survived by four children, Bill Mowen and his wife, Brenda, of Payson, Judy Rees of St. Joseph, Mo., David Mowen and his wife, LouAnn, of Liberty, and Debbie Byrd and her significant other, Tom Hill, of Pleasant Hill; 12 grandchildren, Mackenzie Mowen, Lindsay Mowen, and Evan Mowen, Jessica Rees and Jeremy Rees and his wife, Tiffany, Kelly Baucom and her husband, John, Justin Mowen and Danielle Bunte and her husband, Ross, Megan Flores and her husband, JP, Josh Benjamin and his wife, Dais, Jared Benjamin and Maci Benjamin; eight great-grandchildren, Bentleigh and Brooklyn Rees, Carson Baucom, Anthony, Austin, Leiliana, and Landen Benjamin and Amaya Flores; a brother, Donald Mowen and his wife, Connie; a sister, Betty Graham and her husband, Homer; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lyle Mowen; five brothers, Elmer, Wayne, Bob, Harold and Omer Mowen; and three sisters, Gladys Deeter, Mildred Doyle and Dorothy Mowen.
SERVICES: 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Brigid Catholic Church in Liberty. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Brigid Catholic Cemetery near Liberty.
VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Brigid Catholic Church in Liberty
MEMORIALS: St. Brigid Catholic Church or to the Unity Point Hospice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy