Donald F. Owen, 88, West Liberty
Obituaries · May 11, 2017

Donald F. Owen, 88, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in West Liberty, Iowa. Visitation was Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Parish Life Center, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, located at the corner of Seventh and Clay Streets in West Liberty. A Christian service was held on May 9, 2017. Burial with military rites will be at the North Prairie Cemetery in rural West Liberty, Iowa. Condolences may be made to the family at In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that memorials be made to Alzheimers Research, Simpson Memorial Home or to a charity of your choice in Memory of Don Owen.

Don was born at home on Feb. 22, 1929, in rural Cedar County, the third son of Raymond and Alice (Rose) Owen. Don graduated in 1947 from West Liberty High School and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. On April 28, 1956, he married Justine Witte in St. Paul, Iowa.

He was a farmer in Cedar County all of his life. Married for 61 years, he lived in the same house since 1945, located on the Cedar-Muscatine County line. Don was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, American Legion Mansell L. Phillips Post 509 in West Liberty, the West Liberty Lions Club, and bowled with the Dotson Spots for more than 50 years.

Those surviving Don include his wife, Justine; two sons and two daughters and their families: Janet (Martin) Stimson of Center Point, Iowa, Bob (Geri) Owen, Jeff Owen and Karen (Kevin) Schemmel of West Liberty; grandchildren: Michael Owen of Colombia, South America, Matthew Owen and fiancé Hannah Nelsen of Omaha, Neb., and Alyssa and Nathan Schemmel of West Liberty; faithful dog Bullet; sister-in-law Barbara Owen of West Liberty; and nieces Phyllis Owen Sterba, Diane Maynard, and Annette Wehrle.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Richard and Jerry.

Don loved his family and enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events, the Muscatine County Fair, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, but most of all socializing and telling a few stories. People meant a lot to Don. He enjoyed life.

The family greatly appreciated all the care Don received from the Simpson Memorial Home staff, and Iowa City Hospice staff, during the past two months.

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