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Woodward County Obituary
Elmwood Cemetery

Enid News and Eagle
March 2002
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Glenn Shroads


17 Dec 1928 - 13 Mar 2002

Woodward – The funeral for Wayne Owens, 73, will be 10:30 AM Saturday at first Christian church. Dr. Kipp Wolfe will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 PM today at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Billings Funeral Home.

Alfred Wayne Owens was born December 17, 1928, in DeLeon, Texas, to Alfred Atlas and Elma Elizabeth Lancaster Owens and died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City.

He moved to Woodward in the summer of 1941, attending Woodward school until January 1945. He enlisted in the Navy January 16, 1945. Following his discharge in November 1946, he returned to Woodward. He married Esther Ellen Thomas February 24, 1949, in Woodward.

He worked in construction, ran a milk route and worked for the railroad and police force. He began working for the U. S. Postal Service, retiring December 17, 1983, after 32 years of service. They made their home in Edmond in August 2001. He was a member of Woodward first Christian Church and the Woodward VFW.

Surviving are his wife, Esther of Edmond; two daughters, Judy Garrett of Oklahoma City, and Janice Smith of Clinton; one son, Troy Owens of Chatsworth, Georgia; two sisters, Mary Asbury of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Barbara Camden of San Antonio; two brothers, Lavaughn Owens of Texarkana, Texas, and Tommy Owens of Wichita Falls; nine grandchildren; and nine great – grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or the First Christian Church building fund.

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