Owen D. Durham Sr.

June 24, 1926October 28, 2020

Owen D Durham Sr., 94, of Washington, died Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Southmont of Presbyterian Senior Care.

He was born June 24, 1926 in Henryville, Tennessee, a son of the late Robert and Olcie Pennington Durham.

Owen served in the US Navy in the Pacific in WWII. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and was employed by Dupont in Seaford, Delaware until his retirement in 1984 Owen served the town of Fenwick Island, Delaware as its mayor for two terms in the 1980’s.

On August 21, 1976, he married Frances L. Durham, who died February 28, 2018.

He is survived by a daughter, Fran (Denny) Russell of Seaford, DE, two step-daughters, Lorraine (Edward) Yanov of Washington, PA and Debra (Terry) Hill of Ft. Myers, FL; a step-son, Frank (Diane) Stevenson of Semora, NC. He leaves seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Margaret Ann, a son, Owen Dale Durham Jr and a step-son James W. Stevenson proceeded him in death.

He was one of twelve children. Nine of whom proceeded him in death leaving Barbara Ann Brown and Billie Ruth Gossage of Nashville, TN.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation or service. A private service will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Arrangements are entrusted to Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Condolences may be expressed online at



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Paula Grimes

November 4, 2020

Where do I begin ...... I had the privilege to care for this gentle man the last years of his life , his stories and life experiences always impressed me , and it was how he saw the best in others around him that will be with me always . I hope the family knows how much he was loved on the fourth floor .

Sue Strunk

November 2, 2020

I met Owen when my father, Eugene Painter, moved to Southminster. He and Owen shared a table for meals. They both moved to Southmont where they again shared a table at meals until Dad passed away. Owen always greeted us with a smile and a hello. We will miss him.

Joseph Waugh

November 2, 2020

Rest In Peace. A true gentleman.
Joe and Susan Waugh

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