H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA


Ronald Keith Owen

November 24, 1946January 12, 2020

Ronald “Ron” Keith Owen, age 73, died in his home in Doraville, Georgia, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, from heart complications.

Ron was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on November 24, 1946, to the late William and Marjorie Owen. He is survived by his son, Brock Owen (Kristin); his granddaughter and grandson, Carter and Davis Owen; his brothers, William Owen and Donald Owen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Robert Owen.

As a young man, Ron was a proud member of the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and carried a tenor drum in 1963, the year the Bugle Corps drum section was ranked third in the country and played at the Orange Bowl, Busch Stadium and Soldier Field. They were also invited to march in the Rose Bowl Parade. He wrestled for East Saint Louis High School, from which he graduated in 1964. Ron was the first in his family to graduate from college and worked to pay for his education. He received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois in 1970 and went on to receive his law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1974.

Ron was a practicing lawyer until the early 1980s, when he left the law practice to spend more time with his former wife, Corene, and their young son, Brock. Ron then worked in the insurance claims and adjustments industry until his retirement in 2013. Known for his tenacity, high energy and loyalty, Ron helped many friends over the years with various legal matters, from disputing traffic tickets to planning matters of the estate. He never turned away a friend needing assistance, regardless of time of day or circumstance.

In recent years, he found his church home at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and enjoyed fellowship with church friends as well as time spent with his grandchildren on Sunday mornings. Ron was a beloved Grandpa and will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends between 4:30pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at H.M. Patterson & Son – Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road NE., Atlanta, GA, 30319. A memorial service for Ron will be held at 1:30pm on Thursday, January 23, in the Chapel of Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Rd., Atlanta, GA, 30345. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ron's life. In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts may be made in Ron’s memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children. https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/


  • Gathering Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2020


Ronald Keith Owen

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Sheri May Sheils

January 23, 2020

I remember Ronnie as always being so much fun to be around. He might tease you, but he always made you feel special. He was an outstanding wrestler and he was always nice. We dated shortly after high school. I remember him picking me up from home and on our way to A&W root beer, we got pulled over. He didn’t have his license with him so I had to drive. The only problem was I didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. He helped me learn, but in the process I had to back in to the spot at the root beer stand. Only nerds pulled in headfirst. I was mortified but he talked me through it. After that I didn’t mind so much paying for the meal since he left his wallet at home. Ha ha. After moving away, whenever Ronnie would come to town, he would always help me and Maureen decorate for the class reunions. Years later whenever my cousin and I passed through Atlanta, Ronnie always provided a place for us to stay overnight. He was such a gracious host and took great joy in talking about his son Brock and his family. Thank you Ronnie, for everything God bless you. Rest in peace.

Forrest Creson

January 22, 2020

Ronnie and I share a great friendship starting in the Sir Knights then in the Black Knights. My father, Forrest Creson co founder of the Knights always had an open mind in finding talent to march in the Knights. He called them his “Men of Tomorrow “ and Ronnie fit the marching shoes perfectly. Ronnie will be truly missed, as our Black Knights Alumni group gets shorter. Condolences from the family of Forrest T Creson. To a drummer from bugle player. God Speed

Bill Owen

January 21, 2020

My brother Ron will be dearly missed. He was funny, hardworking and kept lifelong friends. My life will never be the same without him.

Bill Owen

January 21, 2020

My brother ron will be dearly missed. He was funny hardworking and generous. He loved his family and kept life long friends. He succeeded in everything he attempted. My life will mot be the same without him.

Metedith Cobb Riley

January 21, 2020

Ronnie was an energetic, vocal, fun loving never stop kind if guy. That’s how I remember him growing up in East St Louis when he would stop by our home at will. I hope he lived the rest of his life with that zest and energy. Thanks for the memories. RIP

Dennis Caniglia

January 21, 2020

Ron was a friend over the years. We were both in the insurance business and used to share stories. He was a great guy, friend, and extremely smart. He will be missed by many that he ever had contact with. You will be missed old friend 🙏🙏🙏

Ronald Poole

January 20, 2020

From a Black Knight Brother. Some day we will all be together.

Glenn Walker

January 20, 2020

Deepest Sympathy

A friend from East St. Louis, Il.

Shelby and Bob Crain

January 20, 2020

Ron was a dear and beloved friend of 44 years who always made our gatherings lively, filled with laughter, and he never failed to add unexpected joy. He always had a story to share and had a heart that loved his family deeply, especially his granddaughter Carter and grandson Davis. He was a proud grandpa.

Ron will be greatly missed but will remain forever present in our hearts.

Shelby and Bob

Curt Wiggins

January 20, 2020

I was associated with Ron for over 30 + years in business
and friend. I can truly say that I have never had a friend that was
as LOYAL and straight forward as Ron. He was not a chameleon -
he did not change colors - He was black and white - seldom
grey in his business and personal life. “IT IS WHAT IT IS” - I spoke
with him frequently- He loved and was very proud of his son, Brock
and loved his grandchildren- I LOVED Ron Owen and will miss him
greatly- R I P my great and Loyal Friend
Curt Wiggins