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August “Gus” Owens

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

August (Gus) Owens, 75, of Bowling Green, passed away Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the St. Clement Catholic Church with Fr. Bill Peckman officiating.  Burial was at the St. Clement Cemetery.  Visitation was held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home.
Mr. Owens was born the son of Roy Martin and Leona Elizabeth Winkler Owens.
On Sept. 3, 1960 he married Nelva Neal in Frankford, she survives.  Other survivors include two sons Tony Owens and wife Brenda of Vandalia, Brad Owens and wife Anne of O’Fallon; three grandchildren Caleb Owens of Nashville, Tenn., Beth Owens of Moberly, and Lucas Owens of O’Fallon; three brothers Roy Owens of Palmyra, Don and Tom Owens of Bowling Green; two sisters Mary Lee Owens and Shirley Owens of St. Peters; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Richard Owens.
Mr. Owens was born in St. Louis and moved to rural Pike County at seven years of age where he remained except for military service with the United States Air Force.  He was a member of the St. Clement Catholic Church.  Gus graduated from Hannibal LaGrange College at age 52.  He later retired from Stark Brothers Nursery after 50 years of service.  He loved his work and was highly respected by employees.  He enjoyed weekly visits to St. Clement Chapel.  Mr. Owens enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, doing outside work, and working on his home orchard.
Serving as pallbearers was Brian Snodgrass, Bill Green, Kenny Owens, Jonathen Lucas, Joe Owens, and Elijah Owens.
Memorials can be made to the St. Clement Building Fund.
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