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Kenneth Ervin Owen, 1918-2001

Daily Iowegian - 26 January 2001
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  Kenneth E. Owen, 82, of Jerome died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home.
  He was born Sept. 1, 1918 in Jerome, the son of Samuel and Vera (Sedgwick) Owen.
  He married Frances Hamm Oct. 7, 1937, in Cincinnati.  She preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Diana Glenn and her husband, John, of Jerome; a son, Keith Owen and his wife, Sharon, of Centerville; a sister, Dorothy Owen of Centerville; and four grandchildren.
  He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Tommy, Hobart, Richard and Donald.
  He attended Jerome Elementary School, Centerville High School and Centerville Junior College. He and his wife farmed for many years in Jerome. He was an Iowa state representative for three terms, was Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and a fieldman for ASCS. He was instrumental in creating the Rathbun Regional Water Association of Centerville where he served as executive director for 20 years. He was selected Iowa Rural Water Manager of the Year, elected into the Iowa Rural Water Hall of Fame and served on the Iowa Rural Water Board of Directors. He was also Iowa Master Pork Producer, Iowa Master Corn Grower and named the Daily Iowegian's Citizen of the Year.
  Funeral services will be private, for family only, on Friday with the Rev. Terry Chapman officiating. A reception will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. at his home west of Jerome. Arrangements are being handled by the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home.
  A memorial has been established to the Jerome Cemetery Association.
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Ottumwa Courier - 25 January 2001
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  JEROME - Kenneth E. Owen, 82, of Jerome died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home.
  He was born Sept. 1, 1918, to Samuel J. and Vera C. Sedgwick Owen in Jerome. He married Frances Hamm on Oct. 7, 1937, in Cincinnati. She preceded him in death.
  He and his wife farmed for many years in Jerome. He was a state representative for three terms, secretary of agriculture, a fieldman for the ASCS and was instrumental in the creation of the Rathbun Regional Water Association of Centerville, where he served as executive director. He was Rural Water Manager of the year, elected into the Rural Water Hall of Fame, served on the Rural Water Board of Directors and was Iowa Master Pork Producer, Iowa Master Corn Grower and Citizen of the year.
  He is survived by a son, Keith Owen of Centerville, a daughter, Diana Glenn of Jerome; four grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Owen of Centerville.
  He was preceded in death by four brothers, Tommy, Hobart, Richard and Donald.
  Private services will be Friday, the Rev. Terry Chapman officiating.  A reception will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home.
  Memorials may be made to Jerome Cemetery Association.
  Johnson-Lange Funeral Home in Centerville is in charge of arrangements.
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  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution by Gary Craver of Centerville, Iowa, to The Jerome Journal of the above obituaries.

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