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Steven Owens

Celebration of life services for Steven L. Owens, 66, of rural Washington will be Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:00 at the Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona.  Visitation is Tuesday, June 17 from 9:30 AM till 11:00 AM. Burial will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in a family cemetery in rural Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for Hospice Compassus. Steven Owens died Sunday, June 15 at his home following a short battle with cancer.

Steven Lewis Owens was born March 23, 1948 in Vincennes, Indiana, the son of Thomas W. and Martha (Badollet) Owens.  He graduated from Righetti High School and attended college for two years.  Steve enlisted in the United States Navy  in 1967 and served his country in the Vietnam War earning the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal (1 Star), the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, and the Silver Star.  He was honorably discharged in 1970.  In 1973 he was united in marriage to Sharon Weatherall in Santa Maria, CA.  The couple later divorced. He was a chimney sweep in California for several years and also did photofinishing. Steve adored his grandchildren and spending time with them was very important to him.  He also enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, playing in pool tournaments, collecting anything made out of brass, woodworking, traveling, camping and grilling, even calling himself the “Grill Master”.

Survivors include a son, Josh (Pam) Robillard of Colorado Springs, CO, a daughter, Jennifer (Michael) Balharry of Washington, IA, five grandchildren: Matthew, Haley and Lilly Robillard, Tyler and Adam Walters,  former wife, Sharon Galey of Leadville, CO, three sisters: Sharon (Anthony) Bareford of Chandler, AZ, Cynthia (Steven) Michel of Kalona, Martha McKee of Arizona, two brothers: Greggory (Joanne) Owens of Los Cruzes, NM, Thomas “Bill” Owens of North English, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Steven in death were his parents and one sister Carolyn Lawson.

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