Ronald E. “Ron” Owens, 80, of Checotah, OK, was born March 6, 1934 at Oklahoma City, OK, the son of Leonard L. and Dorothy (Hill) Owens. Ron was a graduate of Northeast High School in Oklahoma City. At the age of 22, Ron joined the U. S. Army and was stationed in Germany where he was a radio operator. After his return to the states, he went back to school and completed his college education at Central State University. Shortly after graduation, he when to work for Kerr-McGee in Retail Sales and later was a Regional Manager. On October 5, 1977 he married Cleda (Cothran) Sylvester in Muskogee. He retired from Kerr-McGee after 30 years. He enjoyed snow skiing, deep sea fishing, and traveling through out the United States. In 1996, Ron returned to Oklahoma to his beloved Lake Eufaula and never grew tired of sitting on the deck looking at the lake. Ron attended the Federated Church of Checotah, and was a member of the Shriners and Masons for over 40 years. Ron passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Muskogee.
Survivors include his wife, Cleda of the home; son, Stephen Owens and wife, Erika, of Tahlequah; two grandchildren, Dalton Owens of Pottsboro, TX, John Sylvester of Oktaha; two great-grandchildren, Kaleb Sylvester and Lilly Sylvester both of Oktaha;; sisters-in-law, Ellen Harris and husband, C. R. of Oktaha, Marge Cothran of Muskogee, and Virginia Cothran of Oktaha. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services for Ron will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Federated Church of Checotah with Mark McCullough officiating.