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OWENS, John G.

OWENS, John G.

OWENS - John G. March 21, 2017, with his family at his side while under Niagara Hospice Care. Born August 15, 1928 in St. Clair, MI, he was a son of the late John M. and Genieve (Slocum) Owens and stepson of David Grabbit. A graduate of Riverside High School, he also attended UB, after which he moved to Wilson, then entered the Army. He met Edith E. Wheeler in 1949 and married her in Alaska July 31, 1951 while serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. Upon returning home he worked for the Village of Wilson DPW, then went to Carborundum as a Millwright, retiring in the 80's. An avid fisherman, he became Charter Boat Captain John Owens, and was an artisan wood worker, making beautiful furniture. A devout Christian, he and his wife would take people into their home over the years. Surviving besides his wife are daughters Cheryl (Donald) Vanhorn, Candice (Douglas) Perry, Beth (John) Duemmer; adoptive son Ronald LaJoie; sisters Shirley (Walter) Evans and Barbara Bowman; grandchildren Bridget (Rick Bergen) Kiely, Eric (Sue) Hyjek, Bryan, Jonathan, and Jeffrey Kraatz, Lacey and Johnathan Duemmer, William (Katlin) Vanhorn and Vanessa Vanhorn; also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 AM in Exley United Methodist Church, with luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Niagara Hospice Alliance, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements by Hamilton and Clark Funeral Home, 270 Young St., Wilson. rossfuneraldierctors.com

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