Charles Edward Owen

April 21, 1931February 1, 2013

Charles Edward Owen, 81, a resident of Bridgewater, finished this life on Friday morning, February 1, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Rockingham County on April 21, 1931, and was the son of the late Percy V. and Ruth Curry Owen. Charlie lived his entire life in the Bridgewater area. He graduated from Bridgewater High School and attended Dunsmore Business College. He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was employed by the Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau for 17 years, where he became branch manager at Bridgewater. He also was a home contractor for ten years. In 1970 he began work at Lindsey Funeral Homes and Crematory, and was a licensed funeral director. On December 31, 2012, after 42 years of service, he retired due to health issues. Charlie was a member of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Dayton American Legion Post #27, Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association, and the Over the Hill Gang from Bridgewater High School. Always interested in his hometown, he recently became involved in the newly formed Bridgewater Historical Society. He was a past member of Bridgewater-Dayton Jaycees and Myers-Hodges VFW Post #8644. On July 13, 1950 he married the former Ferne Fulton, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Major Steven D. Owen, US Army (Retired) and wife, Mary, of Manassas and Gregory L. Owen of Harrisonburg; two grandsons, James C. and Joshua C. Owen of Manassas; one sister, M. Louise Owen of Tucson, AZ; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sheila F. Owen. A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM, Friday, February 8, 2013, at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren with Rev. Jeff Carr and Rev. Chris Zepp, officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be private at Oak Lawn Cemetery with military honors by Dayton American Legion Post #27. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Bridgewater, VA 22812. Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 8, 2013

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Glenn Huffman

February 10, 2013

Steve & Greg
Sorry to hear about your dad. I remember him well as many of my family went through Lindseys. I had another function to attend at the time of his memorial.

Noah Turnage

February 8, 2013

It was a honor to know Charlie professionally and as a friend. Many memories of us working long hours together serving our community. He helped show me the ropes of the profession that I feel he was called to do. I will always remember his love of trains, kindness, and mentoring of me. It made me a better person and a better Funeral Director.

Peggy Kile

February 5, 2013

It has been a pleasure to have known Charles and worked with him over the years. He was a very pleasant guy and so full of knowledge. He will be missed by all. Know that his life is just beginning and without pain and suffering. We will hopefully all be there one day and what a wonderful reunion it will be. I am thinking of his family and praying for you all. Peggy Kile and Family

Loretta Crider

February 5, 2013

I have known Charlie for many many years and he was always the most kind and pleasant person to be around. Fern was the love of his life; He will truly be missed by a lot of people. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Loretta Crider(Vital Records-Health Dept)

February 5, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Charlie. Charlie was a wonderful individual and for those who never met him, they missed a great opportunity of lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Randy and Teresa (Cupp) May

Richard & Joyce Miller

February 4, 2013

Our hearts are heavy, but Charlie has finished this life well. Be strengthened in your faith and know his life goes on in our memories. With loving support: Richard and Joyce MIller

Linwood & Becky Owen

February 3, 2013

We are so overwhelmed with sadness. We would like to have been there and you have been in our prayers. Sometime we can't do all we desire. Charles Edward was a kind gentle soul. He took care of his family first. His love always showed through in every thing he did for others. Our love is with you at this dark time. Life is unpredictable ... Becky M., Linwood and I always visit Ruby and go out to dinner. The last time we were talking about coming to visit. I suppose we need to do it and not plan it. Tomorrow is not ours.......