“To Doc's family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy. I remember Doc from my time at the Vet School. He was a kind and friendly man who will be...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: KC Collins Hummel - Elk Horn, IA
“Deb, I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know God will be your comfort. I remember one time we all got together at your...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Gary Tielebein - Waterloo, IA
“I was shocked and saddend to see of Doc's passing. He was kind man who always would reminded me to enjoy my children...they grow too fast and how my...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Crystal Decklever - Maxwell, IA
“"Doc" was a person at the Maxwell United Methodist Church that always made us, as visitors, feel welcome. He will be greatly missed but his memory...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Gordon Bacon - Goshen, IN
“Joe - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May William Rest in Peace. ...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Robin Little - Sioux City, IA
“Dr. William "Doc" Owen walked this earth with a true heart and a strong spirit.
I has been my honor to know him. It has been blessing to call him...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Bruce Page - Nevada, IA - Friend
“he was my boss, my mentor and the father I never had. My deepest condolences to his family.
7 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy Lindstrand DVM - MI
“Sorry to hear about Bill's passing. We always enjoyed getting to spend time with the two of you. We won't be able to attend his service but you...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Noeman & Margaret Leonard - TX
Dr. William “Doc” Owen, DVM, was born Nov.19, 1928 to Mrs. Pearl Maud Baker Owen and her recently deceased husband Clyde Kerr Owen. Raised by a single mother, Bill and siblings Robert, Mildred, Kenneth and Helen attended Bussey School system and lived just South of Bussey, IA on their family farm.
After graduating, Bill worked for both Union Pacific Railroad and John Deere in Ottumwa IA. On Sept 27, 1946 Bill joined the Regular Army Air Forces as a cryptographer.
While stateside in Washington DC, Bill met, and later married, JoAnne Leonard of Mingo Iowa. She was, at the time, serving her country as a secretary for the FBI. The two moved to Iowa State University Housing “Pammel Court,” taking Bill’s GI Bill and exchanging it for an education.
Dr. Owen graduated ISU in 1955 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Owen and his growing family eventually settled in Maxwell, Iowa where they hung a shingle and started practicing Veterinary medicine.
The Owen family purchased their farm on the East side of Maxwell where Doc and “Annie” started their cow calf operation. The herd started as all Hereford cattle and was later cross, by artificial insemination, to one of Iowa’s premier Limousine herds. Doc, after leaving practice, worked as a District Veterinarian for the State of Iowa and then to work instructing at Iowa State University as an Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine. Education, still fundamental to him, he took a year sabbatical and graduated from University California Davis in with a master’s degree in epidemiology. Doc retired with full tenure from ISU in 1991.
Dr. William James Owen is survived by his wife of 61 years, JoAnne; four daughters: Debra, Jennifer, Patrice, Pamela; two sons: William and Joseph; their spouses; 18 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24th, at the Bacon Funeral Home in Maxwell, IA.
Dr. Owen’s Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the Collins-Maxwell High School in Maxwell IA.
Interment will be in the Ashton Cemetery near Ashton Chapel, Ashton Wildwood Park in Jasper County IA.
May 24, 2011
to 8:00 PM
Bacon Funeral Home
422 First Street
Maxwell, IA 50161
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May 25, 2011
Collins-Maxwell High School
400 Metcalf Street
Maxwell, IA 50161
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