Rene "Buck" Owens

October 5, 1950May 14, 2013
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Rene’ A. “Buck” Owens, 62, died at home on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:06pm with his family and loved ones by his side. Buck was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer in June 2012.

Born October 5, 1950 in Straubing, Germany to SGT Harry and Regina Owens. The family moved to New York in 1954 after SGT Harry Owens received orders to report to Fort Drum. Buck graduated from Killeen High School in 1969 and in 1985 he attended Alabama’s Aviation & Technical College and received his Airframe & Powerplant Certification from the FAA. Buck began his military career at the age of 19 and proudly served 26 years in the US Army attaining the rank of E8/1SG. 1SG Owens decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (5). The Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait). 1SG Owens is authorized to wear the Expert Marksmanship Badge for Rifle and Pistol, the German Marksmanship Badge (Silver), and the Master Crewman Badge. 1SG Owens was also a member of the Tribal Order of the Athapaskan, Honorable Order of St. Michael and the Order of the Spur.

In 1973, Buck met the love of his life Ruth “Sue” Owens in Killeen, Texas and the two were joined in marriage on December 24, 1974, in the 1CAV Chapel - Fort Hood, Texas.

Buck called Killeen, Texas home for the last 32 years. After retiring from the Army on March 31, 2001, Buck continued his career in aviation as a civilian while employed by Dyncorp, which is now Lockheed Martin. Buck oversaw the Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) until December 2012.

Buck will especially be remembered for the love and passion he had for this country, family and life. He was known as a patient teacher to all, always taking time to help everyone he came in contact with by making them feel at ease and comfortable. Buck is remembered for his methodical thought process and passion to lead others to execute the plan. Buck’s love for life brought a smile to everyone’s face and he has NEVER met a stranger.

Survivors include wife, Sue Owens; son Robert and Fiancée’ Stacey Stancik Granbury, Texas; son Rodney and Kaci Rice Harker Heights, Texas and 2 beautiful granddaughters Libby Rene and Reese Melody Owens.

Buck was preceded in death by his mother Regina and father SGT Harry Owens.

A service will be held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:00am - 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, Texas 76542. Family and friends are invited to join the Owens family in celebrating Bucks life at Crawford –Bowers in Killeen on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial contributions to be sent to: The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter Association of the US Army ATTN: Wounded Warrior Program – c/o Buck Owens PO Box 10700 Killeen, Texas 76547 Website is if you would like to make a donation online.

The Owens family would like to thank Dr. Sherronda Moore - Henderson, Dr. Patel, Texas Home Health (Hospice) team members Tiffany, Isaac and Emma and Pastor Kenny Rawls – Skyline Baptist Church. Thank you for your never ending hope and encouragement as well as your gentle touch while making Buck and our family as comfortable as possible as he fought his battle with cancer.


  • Visitation Monday, May 20, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rene "Buck" Owens

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Justin Walls

May 28, 2013

Top... I'm at a loss for words, you are and always will be an inspiration for your NCO's and soldiers to follow... Save me a spot on fiddlers green.

Rebecca Overby

May 22, 2013

We are all so sad to lose Buck - he was a great neighbor to us. I will always miss seeing him on his tractor and visiting my parents.. he loved everyone as if they were his own family. We will ALWAYS be there for y'all if you need anything!

joanne Fulton

May 21, 2013

Thank you for your service. Keeping family and friends in prayer. God Bless

Kym Clay

May 21, 2013

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers today. Buck will be missed by many. Love ya'll!

Michael Hampton

May 20, 2013

The absolute best 1SG I have ever had the honor to work with. The Army Aviation community has lost one of its finest sons on this day... Our hearts are heavy and saddened... I will always remember being "The Nat in his Face" as he often called me.. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sue, family and friends. You will be missed Buck... But you will never be forgotten..

Jessica Baldwin

May 20, 2013

I'll miss your hugs the most and your smile. My best memory is the day you married Chris and I. Thank you for always making me feel welcome, your home is filled with wonderful memories and you will always be in my heart.

McNatt Family

May 20, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed the gatherings at your home.

Marie Imotichey

May 19, 2013

Thoughts, prayers, and much love from the Imotichey's.

Margaret Peterson

May 18, 2013

Rest in Peace Buck. Will always remember the wonderful times in Germany and the friendship. We are praying for you Sue and your entire family. Martin and Maggie Peterson and Kimberly Clarridge

Marsha Jacoby

May 18, 2013

It has been almost 40 years since I last saw Rene but I still remember how kind and sweet he was. He was definantly one of the good guys! My deepest sympathies to Sue and their family.