Funeral for Pope County sheriff’s deputy set for Saturday in Glenwood

Josh Owen, 44, of Glenwood, was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, April 15

Josh Owen n his K9 dog in undated photo
An undated photo of Pope County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Owen and his K-9 dog Karma. Deputy Owen died after being shot while responding with other officers on Saturday, April 15, 2023, to a domestic incident in Cyrus, Minnesota.
Contributed / Pope County Sheriff's Office

GLENWOOD, Minn. — Funeral information for Pope County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Owen, 44, of Glenwood, has been released. He died Saturday, April 15, as the result of injuries suffered in the line of duty.

Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the high school, followed by funeral services at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in Minnesota immediately until sunset on Saturday, April 22, in honor and remembrance of Owen.

“Deputy Owen was a dedicated law enforcement officer and a veteran of the Minnesota National Guard who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues,” the proclamation reads. “With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Deputy Josh Owen for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our prayers are with his family, friends, and community.”


Individuals, businesses and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags.

To donate to the Owen family, the Pope County Sheriff's Office recommends the following:

  • The Josh Owen Memorial Fund at Glenwood State Bank. Peter Nelson is the contact for this fund at 320-634-5111.
  • The Josh Owen Memorial Fund at Eagle Bank. Matt Daniels is the contact for this fund at 320-634-4545.
  • The Law Enforcement Labor Services Benevolent Fund. Checks may be mailed to Law Enforcement Labor Services Benevolent Fund, Attention: Josh Owen Memorial, 2700 Freeway Boulevard, Suite 700, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430; donations may be made online at; or contribute to the fund via any Wells Fargo location — account name "Funds for Heroes" with the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police (routing #091000019, account #6068458352)
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