Thomas E. Owens

CLINTON — Thomas E. Owens, 98, of Clinton, passed away at 1:27 p.m. on April 10, 2018, at Hawthorne Inn, Clinton.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Texas Christian Church, rural Clinton, with Scott Marsh officiating.  Burial will follow at Texas Township Cemetery, with military honors.  Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Monday at Texas Christian Church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Texas Christian Church, DeWitt County Friendship Center or the American Cancer Society.

Thomas was born on May 26, 1919, in Clinton, the son of Edward and Lacy (Fishel) Owens.  He married Ruth A. Buchanan on September 29, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo.  She passed away on January 29, 1998.

Survivors include his children, Joyce (Terry) Ahlheim, California; Connie (Phil) Brown, Clinton; four grandchildren, Lisa (Jim) Polston, Eugene Ore.; Thom W. Miller, Clinton; Sheri (Lance) McMillan, Home, Wash.; David (Jennifer) Ahlheim, Los Altos, Calif.; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy Petit, Waco, Texas, and Nellie Howerton, Clinton.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and five sisters.

Thomas retired as an engineer with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad after 43 years of service.  He served his country during WWII as a U.S. Navy Signalman, in the South Pacific.  He loved motorcycles, boating and gardening.

The family would like to thank Hawthorne Inn, Clinton, for their excellent care during this difficult time.

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