Arlis Ray Owen, 66, passed away at his home in Delaware on Saturday, April 6, 2013. He was born in Logan County on May 3, 1946 to Wayne Loyd and Georgia Ann Housley Owen.
He attended school in New Blaine and Paris. He joined the National Guards from 1966-1970. He worked at Firestone and Morton’s Frozen food for 23 years. He then retired to be owner and operator of a 5000 unit Tyson Swine Farm, Cattle Breeder and Hay Producer until his full retirement.
He loved to hunt and loved the comradery with all of his hunting buddies and treasured friends at the local restaurant about the experiences in his life. That is what the family will remember most, the laughter and witty stories from his youngster years till the last days of his life. And most of all he was adamant about having his grandchildren always around, he loved them dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne Loyd and Georgia Ann Housley Owen; one son, Bruce Glyn Owen; brothers, Ira Lee Owen, Floyd Cecil Jones, Earl Owen, Gale Owen and Lonnie Jones.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeannie Owen of Delaware; sons, David Ray Owen and wife Jennifer of Subiaco and Brian Lynn Owen of Clarksville; daughter, Carla Jean Appleton and husband Dustin of New Blaine; his grandchildren, Haley Owen, Riley Owen, Brady Owen, Kasse Appleton and Cole Appleton; sisters, Betty Cantrell of Blue Springs, Mo., Pat Owen of Independence, Mo. and Donna Turner of Dardanelle; brothers, Roger Owen of Dardanelle, Charles "Chuck" Owen of New Blaine and Jim Owen of New Blaine.
Funeral Service was held at 2 p.m., on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Paris Church of Christ officiated by Rev. Paul Farrar. Burial was in Elizabeth Hall Cemetery in New Blaine under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Sign online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
Pallbearers were Larry Parsons, Donald Ray Woods, Harold Dean Davison, Ralph Standridge, Ron Rhinehart, Garry Horne, Garry Lipe and Burgess Sanders.
Honorary pallbearers were all of his friends at the Dinner Bucket Restaurant.