Owen Haydn Owens, 89, of Fennimore, Wisc., died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 of complications of Parkinson’s disease.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday Nov. 9, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church (1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg, Wisc.) with Father Patrick Burns presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fennimore, Wisc, where he lived for 45 years.
Arrangements are with The Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg.
Owen Haydn Owens was born in Norfolk on Nov. 25, 1928 to Owen P. and Ora (Davis) Owens. He attended a one-room school for eight years and Carroll High School, followed by Wayne State College. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from University of Nebraska. He married Genevieve Foecke in Hartington on Aug. 18, 1952. After teaching agriculture in Nebraska, he began teaching at Southwest Tech in Fennimore, Wisc. in 1969, soon after it was established. He also worked for Federal Land Bank and Farmer’s Home Administration. The family traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and more than a dozen foreign countries. In addition to traveling he enjoyed reading, particularly history, following sports, and living in the country.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years; two sons, Stephen (Sue) of Greendale, Wisc. and Gregory (Beverly) of Anchorage, Alaska, and two daughters, Karen (Tim Waddell) of Westfield, N.J., and Nancy (Robert Martins) of Cedarburg, Wisc.; 11 grandchildren: Becky Owens, Brian (Jess) Owens, Briana Owens, Margo (Chris Fliss), Keely Owens, Paul Owens, Peter Waddell, Joe Waddell, James Martins, Andrew Martins, Gregory Owens, and great grandchild Ethan Owens; two brothers, Lowell of Greenbelt, Md., and Stanley of Omaha; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Owen Haydn, Jr. “Denny”; his parents; a brother, Orvid and a sister, Faith.
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