May 17, 1944 -- January 23, 2019

Charles E. "Chuck" Owens, 74, of Middlebury, died at 2:50 am on
Wednesday, January 23, at Goshen Health Hospital of complications
from his three month battle with cancer. He was born on May 17, 1944
in Itawamba County, MS, to Carmie E. and Rebecca (Stewart) Owens.
On June 10, 1972 in Elkhart County he married Mary Lois Bontrager,
she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Julie
(Robert) Roth of Shipshewana; a son, Geoffrey Owens of Goshen;
three grandsons, Jonathan, Aaron and Evan Roth; two nephews,
Gary (Regena) Owens of Fulton, MS and Darren (Melissa) Owens of
Ripley, MS.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister,
Nelda Owens. Chuck graduated from Salem Central High School in
Kenosha County, WI and then received his Bachelors of Science
degree at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. While studying at
Delta State University he was drafted into the US Army where he
served two years and then continued his education receiving his
Master’s degree from Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. He
was a teacher and coach at Pineville Elementary in Pass Christian,
MS; he worked as a guidance counselor at Starkville High School in
Starkville, MS and also had worked in the Human Resource
Department for 26 1/2 years at Jayco in Middlebury. He was a 10 year
volunteer as a Red Coat at Goshen Hospital where he served as
president of the auxiliary board for two years. He served for nine
years on the Greencroft Middlebury Board and was a member of the
former Forks Mennonite Church where he served as an elder and as
the chair for the church council. He volunteered for six different trips
with Mennonite Disaster Services and was currently attending
Pleasant View Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 8:00 pm on
Friday, February 1, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main
Street, Middlebury. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home
at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 2, to go in procession to a
graveside service at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Following
the graveside service there will be an 11:00 am memorial service at
Pleasant View Church, Goshen. Services will be conducted by
pastors Tyler Hartford and Ron Diener. Memorials may be given to
Goshen Hospital Auxiliary or Mennonite Disaster Services.  

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So sorry and sad to see Chuck has passed away. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you all.
From: Marolyn and Roger Yoder
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Wishing you comfort in good memories and the love of family and
friends, and the peace that only God can give.
From: Ethel and Art Swartzendruber
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We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Chuck! Mary, you and your
family will be in our prayers.
From: Virginia M Carlisle
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So sorry for your loss. It was with sadness that I opened the morning
paper. Charles and I were classmates in early years of elementary
school at Berryville in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Fond memories Of us
playing in the snow. It sounds like He had a very successful life.
S/Brenda Hood Byrne, 104 Meadows St. Fulton MS. 38843
From: Brenda Byrne
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I'm so sorry to hear about Charles. I have not seen him in many many
years. He and my mom Halovee Gaither and Aunt Corrine Dulaney
were first cousins from Fulton, Ms. My sincere condolences to the
From: Sharon Gaither Blackard
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Mary so sorry to hear about Chuck really enjoyed you folks on our
New England trip sure he will be missed.
From: Edna Ringler
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Into Thy hands, O Lord, we commend the soul of thy servant,
Charles, and beseech thee to grant him rest in the place of thy rest,
where all thy blessed Saints repose, and where the light of thy
countenance shineth forever. And we beseech thee also to grant that
our present lives may be godly, sober, and blameless, that, we too
may be made worthy to enter into thy heavenly Kingdom with those
we love but see no longer: for thou art the Resurrection, and the Life,
and the Repose of thy departed servants, O Christ our God, and unto
thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
From: Paul & Sarah Geczy
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So sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in thought and prayer
during this time.
Darlene (Culp) Byland
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I will always remember Chuck. We had great times together. Mary;
our sincere condolences and peace be with you and your family.  
From: Don and Mary Kleineidam
Charles E. "Chuck" Owens