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Bob Owens - October 22, 2012


Robert W. Owens, age 90, of Holyoke, died Oct. 22, 2012 in Holyoke. Bob was born June 11, 1922 to Walter and Mary (Bruntmeier) Owens on the family farm southeast of Holyoke.

He graduated from Holyoke High School in 1939 and was inducted into the Navy in 1945 during World War II. Bob was honorably discharged in 1946. He returned to Holyoke and farmed the family farm until 1994. He also worked for the ASCS office and Holyoke Co-op until 1986.

He married Beulah Stanley on Feb. 16, 1947, and to this union, two children were born: Gerald and Karen.

Bob enjoyed coffee and cards with his friends at Club 25.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beulah; son, Gerald and wife Sandra; daughter, Karen and husband Larry Batman; grandchildren, Brenda, Bridgett, Randal and Christal; and great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Courtney, Isaac, Rebecca, Kole and Jessica.

Visitation was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke.

The funeral service was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke with Bryan Kroeger officiating. The service will conclude at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Holyoke Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to BeCause Group.

Gerk Funeral Homes was entrusted with the arrangements.