Owen Patrick Layden
Monmouth Beach - Owen Patrick Layden, 93, of Monmouth Beach and most recently of Red Bank, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2021 surrounded by his wife, Mary, and daughters Sandy, Janet, and Linda and their husbands. Owen had a remarkable life of family, faith, education, service, Irish dance, biking, and travel.
He was born in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to the late John and Hazel (Harbert) Layden. Owen graduated from St. Gregory's High School in Shawnee, OK. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Notre Dame and his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and a second Master's degree in History from Monmouth University. Owen proudly served our country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Board of Education for Monmouth Beach School and Shore Regional High School, serving on both boards for a number of years.
Owen was very proud of his Irish Heritage, teaching Irish dances to numerous groups, including Monmouth Folk Dancers. He was introduced to Irish dancing in 1980 while visiting dance schools in Ireland. These schools included Merriamn School, South Sligo School, Daumsham Bac and Willie Clancey. He was the instructor and leader of Jersey Shore Irish Set Dancers in Monmouth Beach for two decades. He won numerous medals such as 2nd place Set Dancing in the Washington Fleah and 1st place in the New York City Set Dancing. He continued his love of Irish dance, music and history by teaching Irish Heritage at Brookdale Community College and serving on the dance committee for Irish Festivals at Sandy Hook for the College.
Owen worked for the Department of Army at Fort Monmouth for over 40 years as Supervisory Electronic Engineer. Throughout his successful career, he worked on frequency control and microelectronics technology. He authored a large number of technical reports, presentations, and attended international conventions. Owen served on the Chairman of IEEE Technical group on Crystal Oscillators and First ECOM Hybrid Microcircuit Symposium.
He is predeceased by his siblings, Kathleen (Carl), Walter (Virginia), John (June), Jim (Mary), Ted (Rosemary), Bill (Gisela) and Bob (Yvonne) and his brother in law, Alex Siman.
He is survived by his beloved wife of over 68 years, Mary (Ciszeski) Layden, his loving children, Sandra Rendell and her husband George, Janet Forsyth and her husband Larry, and Linda Curran and her husband Scott, his cherished grandchildren, Jordan, Margaret, Sam, Rebecca, Jack, and Marin and his dear sister, Mary E Layden.
Visitation will be held at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701 on Friday, August 6, 2021 from 4 - 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of the Precious Blood on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:30 am. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Owen's memory to a charity for which Owen and Mary were both passionate and active in Dystonia Medical Research Foundation at https://dystonia-foundation.org/donate-other-ways/donate-online/
Please visit Owen's memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com
Published by Asbury Park Press from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2021.