Walter E. Owen Jr., 79 of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at home. Born on Feb. 21, 1941 in South Boston, he was the son of Walter and Lora Owen.

He began his career at U.S. Plywood in South Boston and was transferred to Gaylord, Michigan in 1970. The company changed names several times, and he retired from what was known as Georgia Pacific in 2002.

When he was not working, or with his family, he loved spending time with his friends at Northland Sportsmen’s Club, where he was a lifetime member and was honored to be a Sportsman of the year recipient. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting. He was an NRA certified instructor and range officer. He loved helping with Hunter Safety, Women on Target and the NRA Junior Shooting Program.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June Owen; his daughter, Susan Rosso (Keith); granddaughter Stephanie Lovy (Mickey); great-grandson Henry Lovy; and daughter-in-law Seretha Masdon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Janet Owen; and brother Randel Owen.

A memorial service will take place at the First United Methodist Church in the near future.

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