Robert "Bob" A. Owen

Tuesday, November 20th, 1956 - Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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Robert “Bobby” Owen passed away on July 11, 2019 at his home in The Dalles, Oregon and was 62 years of age at the time of his passing. Bob was born on November 20, 1956 in Toledo, Oregon to parents Charles and Mildred (Ross) Owen. He was one of 6 children; Dave; Chuck; Sunny; Glenda and Marlein.

Bob graduated from The Dalles High School and attended Mt. Hood Community College. He was married to Yulanda (Cumiford) Owen. Although he couple later divorced, they remained great friends and raised two children.

He loved camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren, daughter and son- in- law. He had many friends including Dave and Erik Wilburn and his best bud Max (pet). Bob was always a fun and loving person, a bit of jokester, light hearted and according to family and friends, the sweetest person ever.
Bob is survived by his daughter Lacey (Sean) Hardwick; Tisie (Josh) Brasuell; grandchildren Kegan, Kai, Bella and Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mildred; sister Marlien and son Kelsey Owen.

July 19, 2019 a viewing will be held 11:00am- 1:00 pm at Anderson’s Tribute Center Celilo Chapel (204 E 4th Street, The Dalles, OR, 97058) with graveside committal to follow at The Dalles-Cherry Heights I.O.O.F. Cemetery at 1:30pm. A reception will be held at 2:30pm at Sorrosis Park (300 E. Scenic Drive The Dalles, OR 97058) to celebrate Bob’s life. All are welcome.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center - Celilo Chapel
    204 E. 4th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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  • Service

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 1:30pm
    I.O.O.F - Odd Fellows Cemetery
    1100 W. 18th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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    A graveside service will be held at the Cherry Heights cemetery location.
  • Interment

    I.O.O.F - Odd Fellows Cemetery
    1100 W. 18th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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    1:30PM at the Cherry Heights Location
  • Reception

    Sorosis Park
    300 East Scenic Drive
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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    A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 2:30pm following the graveside service. All are welcome to attend.


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Sherlene Bowen

Posted at 12:06pm
We met Bob when him and Yulanda moved in next door and they only had Tisie. They made great neighbors and soon became good friends. As we all moved from there and went our seperate ways we still had lots of contact with Bob, usually at the school or softball fields, he adored his grandkids. Bobby may be gone from this life as he joins son Kelsey, however NEVER Forgotten.

Jenger and Jessica Smith

Posted at 08:12pm
Dearest Bob,This world is a lonelier place without you. We are so sorry that we have to say goodbye. We will love you always.
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Tracy Hardwick

Posted at 12:12am
Tracy Hardwick
I can't name my most memorable moment because since we met Bob it has been memorable. From day one when Lacey and our son Sean introduced Bob to us he became family and friend. Heck we loved him so much he had a house key. He had a heart of GOLD and he was generous with it, he gave so much of himself to others without question whether he would get it back in return. His selflessness was unforgettable, he was kind, caring, genuine, sarcastic, funny, loving, etc. Bob's smile will be unforgettable and we will miss him. Bob rest in peace, fish with Kelsey and dance with the angels. We love you and will ALWAYS remember what blessings you brought to our family.

David Owen

Posted at 02:36pm
Dave Owen
My brother Bob was a very "kind-hearted" man and would do anything asked of him for family and friends.
His heart was so huge growing up that our dad mistook his loving and kind heart for being a "mamma's boy" and as a result, he was harder on Bob than anyone else in the family. Over the years, Bob experienced probably more runs of bad luck than most humans on the planet, however, I firmly believe that Bob's run of bad luck actually started with our dad being as hard on him as he was.

Some "unlucky" events outlined below:
> Our dad thought the best way to teach us how to swim was to tie a rope around our waist and toss us into the local lake or creek and if we sank, he would yard us to the shore with the rope, drinking his beer all of the time it was happening. However, with brother Bob, he (dad) was a little to late on the rope pulling and Bob almost drowned. He never much cared for water after that!

> Some years later we moved to Mill City Oregon following our Dad's construction work. The Santiam river ran through the middle of town with some very large water falls located at the Mill City bridge. As sometimes kids do getting into some trouble, we decided to go to the local logging Company and obtain some logging truck inner tubes and repaired them with a little patch kit and blew each one up with air until a very large "hump" appeared on one side. Our thoughts were to ride those large tubes down the river for a ways (you got it, no life jackets were in the thought process) so we walked out on the large rocks that made up the falls just to have a look at what was actually down river, while doing this, we were also carrying these large inner tubes.

I turned to go back to the river bank and my inner tube swung around and knocked brother Bob over the falls and into the river. Keep in mind, Bob could not swim a lick and by the look in his eyes, he was not happy. I had frozen in disbelief at what was actually happening but fortunately our older brother Sonny acted quickly and jumped in and retrieved brother Bob.

Our extremely strong decision making process didn't stop there and we all decided to hop on our huge truck inner tubes and head down the river on a site seeing tour, not knowing that this river actually contained some very large white water rapids. We were actually able to navigate the rapids without Incident and after several hours of floating the river we noticed the sun was beginning to go down and that's when we realized just how much trouble we were in, so, we paddled ashore and climbed up the rock bank to the freeway above, inner tubes in hand.

At this point, we were many, many, miles from the town of Mill City Oregon, so, we put our thumbs out and started to do what any kids our age would do and hitch-hike a ride home. We had no way of knowing that back in Mill City, search parties had been organized!

After just a few minutes of having our thumbs out, a car finally appeared in the distance, however, the car looked extremely familiar and as luck would have it, we were fortunate that it was one scared and very unhappy father. Needless to say, after we explained the series of events, including brother Bob almost drowning, our evening with our dad went south from there.

I could go on for hours with telling stories about our brother Bob, but I will close by saying that the best thing that ever happened in Bob's life was when he met his wife to be (Yulanda) and two wonderful children were born. (Kelsey and Lacey), that changed Bob's life forever and he finally had some hope!

You are and always will be missed brother Bob and you are now with mom, dad, sister Marlene and most importantly of all, you are finally with Kelsey.

Love you forever!


Luanna Odom

Posted at 01:30am
Lacey, My hearts goes out to you and your family. Also David and Sonny to your families also. I know this will be a hard time for you all. My heart love and prayers are with you. I would have been there for services but Tom I am flying to Phoenix for our oldest brother service. Again you will be in our thoughts and prayer. Luanna Routh Odom

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