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John R. Owens

February 27, 1947 ~ August 11, 2019 (age 72)


John R. Owens, 72, of Costello, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at his residence.  

John was born on February 27, 1947 in Coudersport, the son of the late Lewis & Erma (Berglund) Owens.   He married the former Denise Butler, who survives, on May 15, 2004, in Costello, and they have celebrated 15 beautiful years of marriage.

John retired from Austin High School in 1999 after 30 years of service as a Special Education Teacher.  He was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1965 and graduated from Mansfield State College in 1969.   

John attended the former Costello United Methodist Church and was a member of E.O. Austin Home Historical Society.  He was also a regular contributor to the A.S.P.C.A.  John was an avid genealogist and enjoyed collecting coins, fly fishing and teaching fly tying.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Denise, are two step-daughters, Jennifer L. Majot of North Tonawanda, NY and Amanda M. and her husband Norm Stuckey of Austin; grandchildren, Syarra E. Vossler and River, Collin and Leila Stuckey, special cousins, Anita Owens of Costello and Maria Svensson of Kinna, Sweden, his two cats, Ellie and Cleo, and many cousins both in the US and Sweden.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Austin United Methodist Church, 26 Turner St., Austin, with Pastor Todd Lamer officiating.  Burial will be private. 

The family suggest memorial contributions in John’s name be made to the E.O. Austin Home Historical Society, P.O. Box 412, Austin, PA 16720 or the A.S.P.C.A., 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804 or at

Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport is in charge of arrangements.

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Memorial Service
August 24, 2019

2:00 PM
Austin United Methodist Church
26 Turner St.
Austin, PA 16720

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