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OBITUARY - WALTER EDWIN "WALKIE" OWENS

Walter "Walkie" Edwin OWENS was born in eastern Iowa on a farm close to Oakland Mills, Iowa on October 12, 1913 to Ernest Miller and Ethel MULLIN OWENS. Within a few years, Miller and three other brothers moved to western Iowa where Walter grew up on a farm two and one-half miles east of Clearfield. When Walter was a boy on the farm a neighbor, Shorty WILLIAMSON, gave Walter the nickname "Walkie". It stuck and he was known as Walkie his whole life.

Walkie rode a horse those two and one-half miles to school and later would drive a horse and buggy with his older sister and brother; Gladys OWENS LEVI and Lester OWENS. Walkie played violin and cornet in the orchestra and band and also sang in the chorus and male quartets. He was also in sports activities including football and basketball. Walkie graduated from Clearfield High School in 1933.

During the Depression Walkie worked as a farm laborer and traveled to northern Iowa to harvest crops and to shuck corn. He then worked at the Frank Bye service station. On December 24, 1937 Walkie was united in marriage with Joan WILEY in Clarinda, Iowa. To this union were born four children; Deanne Joyce, Ernest Wiley, who died after one day, Judith Ann and Walter Wiley.

In 1939 Walkie became a partner with Faye "Rip" Van WINKLE in Van WINKLE and OWENS Hogbuyers. Through the years his partners changed along with the name of the business - 1st Central Livestock with Spud Van WINKLE and lastly Creston Transportation with Kenny CALVIN. Walkie was in business for 50 years total, retiring at the age of 75 years.

Walkie was a charter member of the Clearfield Lions Club established in 1953. He was also a member of the Clearfield Business Club, American Legion Woodside Post #97, a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army and a member of the Clearfield United Methodist Church.

His hobbies were playing pitch and dancing to big band music.

Walkie OWENS left this life to enter the next on June 25, 1999 at Clearview Home at the age of 85. Walkie was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Ernest Wiley OWENS; a brother, Lester OWENS; and a sister, Gladys LEVI.

Left behind to celebrate his life are his wife Joan; his son Will of Chesterfield, Virginia; two daughters, Deanne and husband Leon TIBBEN of Andover, Minnesota and Judy OWENS of Boulder, Colorado; four grandchildren: Kristen FROST-TIBBEN, Jennifer TIBBEN-LEMBKE, Lisa STARR and Paul OWENS; one great-granddaughter, Grace Johanna TIBBEN-LEMBKE and many friends.

Funeral services were held on June 29, 1999 at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield with Rev. Alan RUSK and Rev. Phillip HENDERSON officiating. Music was provided by Roberta LOCKHART, Jennifer TIBBEN-LEMBKE and Judy OWENS.

Casketbearers were Lisa STARR, Jennifer TIBBEN-LEMBKE, Kristen FROST-TIBBEN, Richard SCHULTZ, John STARR, Ron TIBBEN-LIMBKE, Paul OWENS, Richard MACKEY and Wayne WILSON. Honorary pallbearers were Paul BROWN, Bob McMATH, Robert THOMPSON, Marvin BOYER, Vernon STRAIGHT, J. B. ROUTH, Dale JUERGENS, Maurice HANSON and Glen LARSEN.

Military graveside rites were provided by the Woodside Post #97 American Legion. Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery at Clearfield, Iowa. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2010

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