Edward Owen, Jr. Obituary

Edward M Owen, Jr.
Edward M Owen, Jr.

May 30, 1927 - September 2, 2019
Born in Mt. Pleasant , TN
Resided in New Lenox, Illinois


Edward M. Owen, Jr. passed away Monday, September 2, 2019, in hospice at The Cottages of New Lenox, where he was in memory care. He was 92 years old.

Edward, known as Ed, Eddie, June, or Mooney by family and friends, was born May 30, 1927, in the small town of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee to Edward and Kate Biddle (West) Owen. His father was a phosphate mining company supervisor and his mother was a homemaker. He was the ninth of 13 siblings.

Edward began working at the mining company at age 14. Four years later, in 1945, he followed his two older brothers who had enlisted and joined the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Block Island and U.S.S. Puget Sound aircraft carriers, allowing this small-town boy to explore exotic ports of call and to experience nearly being blown off the flight deck. He left the service as a Seaman First Class and returned home to finish high school. With limited job opportunities in his hometown, he traveled north and enrolled in the Milwaukee School of Engineering. While there, he answered an ad for a cafeteria manager trainee with the John R. Thompson Co. and thus began his lifelong career in foodservice.

Edward met his wife-to-be, Virginia M. Geitner from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, at a Milwaukee bowling alley. They were married for 68 years, lived in 6 states, raised seven children and were small business owners. They purchased Friar's Fish, a fish and chips franchise restaurant in Chicago Heights, Illinois and ran it with their children for many years. After their children were grown, they moved to Columbia, Tennessee and opened the Chicago Sandwich Shop. After retiring, they returned to the Chicago area and became active in their Church and homeowner communities. They were most recently members of St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Tinley Park and long-time members of St. Lawrence O'Toole parish in Matteson before that.

Edward enjoyed cooking, fishing, swimming, sunning, instructing his grandchildren, televised boxing matches, and time spent with family and friends. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his funny witticisms, and all-around easygoing nature. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his daughters Deborah Owen, Pamela Lee, Tarie Mohan, and Patricia Buehler, sons Steven Owen and David Owen, sisters Jean Logue, Joanne Walden, brothers Philip and James, and 14 grandchildren. Now he sits with God, his wife Virginia, his daughter Judith, his brothers and sisters, and his parents.

Services were private. Memorials are suggested to the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul https://www.svdpusa.org/ or the Alzheimer's Association https://www.alz.org/.

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