Bobby Owen, 89, passed away Friday, May 19, 2023 in Abilene, Texas. A visitation will be 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Friday, May 26, 2023 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 750 Hwy 277 South. The funeral service will begin after the visitation at 1:00 PM, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Bobby was born December 25,1933 in Lamkin, Texas to Benajah and Lillie Owen. He met the love of his life Claudia and the two were married on February 5,1953 in Abilene, Texas and shared 69 years until her death on July 17, 2022. Bobby joined the Abilene Fire Department in 1952 when he was 19 years old and worked at every station during his career. After 40 years of service Bobby retired from the Abilene Fire Department in 1992. He was very proud to be the oldest living fireman in Abilene, even earning the name Pappy from his colleagues. After retirement Bobby took a job delivering pharmaceuticals for United Pharmacy. He enjoyed that job for 20 years. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and wheel of fortune. He was a wonderful father that loved his family dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudia Owen; his daughter, Rosemarie Owen; his parents; and his eight siblings.
Bobby is survived by; three children, Ron Owen, Lanelle Crane, and Shannon Owen; grandchildren, Alisha Crane, Audra Edwards and her husband Scott, Jaclan Johnson and her husband Jeremy, and Casey Crane; great grandchildren, Jaelan Shaw, Ryleigh, Reese, Ryker Edwards, Liam, Dylan, and Lylah Crane, and Zaevan Johnson; his sister-in-law, Lois Owen, and Nan Owens; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.