Fred R. Owens

Born October 8, 1924

Frederick R. Owens of Strongsville, Ohio, formerly of Waynesburg died peacefully Thursday, January 17, 2013 after an extended illness.

He was born October 8, 1924 in Pittsburgh, a son of Frederick R. Owens Sr. and Margaret Richards Owens.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal with one star.

Mr. Owens was a 1950 graduate of Waynesburg College where he earned a degree in Biology. He began his teaching career as a Biology Professor at Waynesburg College in 1953 and retired in 1992. IN 1990 he was presented the Golden Key Award from Waynesburg College. He was a member of the American Association of University Professors.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesburg where he was an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher.

Mr. Owens was a past member of the Waynesburg Rotary Club, past president of the Greene County Chapter for Retarded Children, and served on the board of directors for many organizations including Greene Valley Farms.

On November 22, 1950 he married Joan W. Owens who passed away on February 1, 2005.

Surviving are a son, Richard W. Owens Sr. ( Ellen) of Waynesburg; a daughter Patti Owens Gimper (Thomas) of Strongsville, OH; two grandchildren, Richard W. Owens Jr. and Heather St.Clair; and six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Peggy Best (Bill) of Alabama.

Deceased are infant twin children.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 182 West High St., Waynesburg where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 with Pastor Austin Shaw and Pastor Bill Sukolsky officiating followed by interment at Greene County Memorial Park, Waynesburg. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to any hospice organization.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 21, 2013

Fred R. Owens

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Judy Ockuly

January 23, 2013

I usually visited Fred once a week. He always had a big smile for me. We did puzzles, ate oreos, talked, laughed, and toured his facility in the wheelchair. One of our favorite things was to go out to the courtyard on a pretty day and discuss the blue sky and clouds. I am a better person for having known Fred. He will be missed! Judy Ockuly


January 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy to all of you during this time. He was a very special man and while I was going to Waynesburg he was one of my mentors and helped me alot during those years. He always had a smile and was always willing to help out in any way. God Bless and give you comfort!

Laura Brindza,Manager of Volunteer Services

January 20, 2013

It was a pleasure to be part if Fred's final journey and provide him with pet therapy to comfort him and music to uplift him. He always made us smile and the volunteers enjoyed his stories and conversation immensely! With love & sympathy-The Odyssey Hospice Volunteer Program

Nancy Middleton

January 20, 2013

Dear Owens Family,
Fred was a friend and co-worker of mine when we both worked at Waynesburg College (University).He always had a smile for everyone and was a pleasure to work with and to know. I am sure he will be greatly missed by all.

Anita Fabian

January 18, 2013

Fred was truly a gift to the world, his family and to everyone else who was touched by him. He will be sincerely missed. God bless and comfort his family.