James W. "Bill" Owen, 89

James William "Bill" Owen, 89, of Wabash, died at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born April 6, 1925, in Gary, to Loren P. and Josephine E. (Barnett) Owen.

Bill was a 1943 graduate of Wabash High School.  He was a US Navy veteran, during World War II from 1943-1946, serving in the South Pacific, and was at Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed their surrender. 

He married Joan Rettig in Wabash on Dec. 1, 1946; she also died March 11, 2015. Bill co-owned and operated Milliner Printing from 1946 until his retirement in 1987.  He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, Hanna Masonic Lodge, and the American Legion Post No.15, all of Wabash.  Bill enjoyed printing, woodworking, boating, traveling with his wife, and he especially loved his family.

He is survived by three children, Jayne (Ron) Bailey of New Haven, Nancy Owen (Knight) Barton of Charleston, S.C., and David  (Jennifer) Owen of Wabash; nine grandchildren, Jena (Blake) Collinsworth of Westfield, Ben (Jen) Bailey of Lagro, Owen Barton of Maui, Hawaii, Thatcher Barton of Ithaca, N.Y., Churie Owen of Wabash, Krofton (Sharon) Owen of Saint Petersburg, Fla., D.J. (Breanna) Bennett of Norfolk, Va., Courtney (Jared) Eakright of Wabash, and Andrew (Natasha) Bennett of Dalton, Ga.; 13 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Marilyn Gilliom.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Nancy Owen Barton officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery with the Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating.  Friends may call 12:30 – 2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash American Legion Post  No.15.

The memorial guest book for Bill may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Mar 12