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Dr. William E. Owen -- St. Ansgar, Iowa

ST. ANSGAR, Iowa -- A memorial Mass for Dr. William E. Owen will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ansgar Catholic Church, with the Rev. Mark Reasoner officiating. The body has been donated to St. Louis University School of Medicine for research.

Dr. Owen, 83, of St. Ansgar, a longtime Mitchell County, Iowa, physician and surgeon, died Sunday (July 28, 2002).

Born Oct. 8, 1918, in Manford, N.D., he graduated from Osage, Iowa, High School in 1934, from Cornell College in 1938 and from Columbia University School of Medicine in 1942. In 1942, he joined the Navy as a physician and was discharged in 1947 with the rank of lieutenant S.G. He made extensive trips to Vietnam as a volunteer civilian physician in 1966, 1969 and 1972 and made other volunteer medical service trips to various countries. Dr. Owen practiced medicine in St. Ansgar from 1947 until retirement in 1984. During retirement, he remained active in the medical field and for 15 years spent the winters in Arizona. He and his first wife, Norma, were divorced.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Dorothy; three children from his first marriage, Patricia Owen of Buffalo, Minn., Dr. William R. (Cynthia) of Wausau, Wis., and Dr. Richard of Rochester; three stepdaughters, Patricia (Bill) Varner of Minneapolis, Marie (Robert) Tolsma of Denver and Joan Kaas of New York City; five grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.

Schroeder &; Sites Funeral Home in St. Ansgar is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.

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Memorials are suggested to the Dr. William Owen Memorial Fund

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