SAMUEL GIVENS OWEN
Samuel Givens Owen, 82, of Raytown, passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2013. He was born the son of John Edgar and Alcie Hanry Owen on July 17, 1931 in Three Creeks, Ark. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Sam was a member of the Lee’s Summit Masonic Lodge and the AT&T Pioneer Volunteers. He started working as maintenance mechanic at International Paper in Arkansas after the service. He took an electronics correspondence course and then moved to Lee’s Summit to work for Western Electric. He retired in 1986 and married Diane Castle. They traveled the United States together for the next 14 years.
Sam was very active in his church at Southview Baptist Church in Raytown. "Sam/Dad/Big PaPa" was an outgoing man with a great attitude and quick wit who loved to socialize. He loved all things electronic and would spend hours learning new things. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Sam is survived by his five children, Samuel J. Owen (Tatiana), Amman, Jordan; Christine Babel (Kent), Columbia, MO; Cheryl Caldrone (Joe), Blue Springs; Michael (Debra) Castle, Lee’s Summit; Richard Castle, Everett, Wash; Bobbie Faye, Mother of Samuel and Christine, Columbia, Mo; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Claudine Owens, Betty Murphree and Julia Davis; one brother, Jerry Boyd Owen. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 20 years, Diane; son, Gary Castle, his parents, John Edgar and Alcie; three sisters, Idell, Elizabeth and Margie Nell; three brothers, Bill, Harold and Willis.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19, at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 20, also at Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home. A funeral repast will be held immediately following the service at Southview Baptist Church, 8015 Sterling Ave., Raytown, Mo. Memorials may be made to Southview Baptist Church, Raytown, Mo.