In Mesa, Arizona, surrounded by family, Alamosa, Colorado resident Robert Albert Owens entered into his final resting place with the Lord on August 18, 2017. Robert (Bob) Owens was born in Trinidad, Colorado February 2, 1933 to William Lee and Florence Esther (Nelson) Owens. As a young boy, raised in Lamar, Colorado, Bob had an incredible work ethic and developed an entrepreneurial spirit that carried well into his adult life. In 1950, Bob proudly joined the United States Navy and served his country honorably. On July 2, 1954, Bob married his soul mate and love of his life, Vella Mae (Clodfelter) Owens. Together Bob and Vella raised four beautiful children Linda, Larry, Lohn, and Lisa. Additionally, this union opened their home to many foster children including Ruby (Moody) Ricard and Toshana Riebecky. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was the center of Bob’s life; as such, Bob was a Charter Member and Elder in Alamosa Christian Church for many years and was also active at Broadway Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona. Additionally, Bob participated in and generously donated to charitable, religious, and community events. Bob enjoyed developing various business ventures in both Alamosa and Lamar, Colorado. Furthermore, Bob especially looked forward to family time spent water skiing, snow skiing, dabbling into silver/gold mines, swimming, photography, gardening, and weekly family dinners.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years Vella Mae Owens; sister Esther (Re) Callahan; sister-in-law Virgie Thompson; children Linda Owens, Larry (Deborah) Owens, Lohn (Mary) Owens, Lisa (Eric) Burt; grandchildren Bryce (Yanira) Owens, Jessi (Joshua) Sieczkowski, Jennifer Stafford, Jandi (Jerrin) Phillips, Kyle (Rachel) Owens, Brooke (Ryan) Calkin, Ashley Owens, Raleigh Burt, Leighton Burt, Michael (Betty) Ricard, Markcus Ricard, Phillip Avila, Kimberly Riddle; great-grandchildren Addison, Emerson, Chase, Breck, Braydon, Megan, Hayden, Lucas, Lanée, Emma, Cameron, Tobias, Zarek, Baily, and Isabela.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents William Lee and Florence Esther (Nelson) Owens; sister Jean McKim; granddaughter Kayliegh Mae Burt; a foster brother Jim Tomson; stepfather John Silvey; and stepfather Fred Newman.
A viewing will be held on August 25, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Rogers Family Mortuary located at 205 State Avenue Alamosa, CO 81101.
The Celebration of Bob’s Life will commence on August 26, 2017 at 10:00 am in Alamosa Christian Church located at 410 McQuerry Street Alamosa, CO 81101. Interment will follow services in the Alamosa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice of the Valley 2020 East Woodside Ct. Gilbert, AZ 85297-7339 or Hospice Del Valle 514 Main Street Alamosa, Colorado.
Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes or remarks for Owen’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com