Hundreds, including more than 50 armed services personnel in full uniform, attended the funeral at the church.
Owens’ daughter, Loredana, spoke at the funeral and remembered her father as a listener, someone who was always willing to take the time to care about another person.
“My dad was taken away from me on April 2, 2014,” she said. “It was the worst day of my life. My dad did not deserve to be taken from us so soon.”
Loredana cherished the time her father was able to spend with while stationed at Fort Hood. She remembered late night talks with her father whenever possible.
“My dad and I talked about a lot of things. I don’t think there was anything we didn’t talk about.”
Owens served as a motor transport officer, palletized load system driver, chauffeur, heavy equipment transport vehicle operator and an operations noncommissioned officer. At Fort Hood he was assigned as a heavy vehicle driver and a squad leader. He was deployed twice, once to Iraq as part of the 396th Transportation Company and another time in Kuwait.
Owens was heavily decorated with awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal-Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, four Certificates of Achievement the Combat Action Badge and Driver Badge.