Bill L. Owen

September 21, 1927 ‒ July 18, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

Bill L. Owen, age 89, of Mansfield, was greeted in heaven by his wife, Jeanne Owen, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family.

On September 21, 1927, Bill was born in Waterford, Ohio, the son of the late Carl W. and Ula L. (Cook) Owen.

A World War II veteran, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force as a construction foreman.
Bill married the love of his life, Jeanne Ann (Spangler) Owen in 1954. They shared 59 years together. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2013.

Always working in construction, Bill was “a siding man.”

An outdoorsman, Bill was an archer, lover of wildlife, and mushroom hunter. He kept active, cutting wood until a few months ago. He also was a member of the Mohican Bow Hunters Club.

One of a kind, Bill had a way of telling a captivating story, he was thrifty, and he had a sweet charm about him. His parting advice to his family and friends, “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.”

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Toni (Bryan) McLaughlin, and Kristi Owen; one granddaughter, Mikki (Jonny) Crist; two great-grandchildren: Gunnar and Coopar Crist; and a niece, Lynnda Sweeney.

Including his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by his son, Bill Michael Owen; and a sister, Lois Owen.

Services honoring Bill’s life will be observed privately by his family.

His family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone with OhioHealth Hospice for their loving care. A special thanks also for friends: Ralph Kirby, Keith Pearce, Stephen Hartz, John Croft, Damian Guegold, and Bobby and Judy Schiffer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice, 355 Glessner Ave., Mansfield, OH 44903, or Natural Resource Conservation Services, 1495 W. Longview Ave., Suite 205B, Mansfield, OH 44906.

Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to have been chosen to serve Bill’s family and your condolences may be expressed with them via

  • When greeting Bill I always addressed him as Mr. Owen. He would reply ” Mr. Mudra” all the others in our group put an “S” on the end of his name.
    I first met Bill while building my house? I hired Bill as my “siding man” I quickly learned you didn’t mess with his wooden ladders. They were his pride? I believe he found it in his heart to forgive me for using one of them while he was at lunch. A peace offering of a can of Linseed oil to Bill quickly cemented our friendship. We shared many great times at our friends Christmas Tree Farm discussing many topics as we helped Roger plant trees in the spring. Bill and I were “stompers” stepping on the ground around the trees to be sure they were secure! Stories of wood cutting,feeding deer watching deer all mixed with “guy” talk always always filled my heart with respect and love for Bill. I quote Bill often. Worried about $ while building my home, worried about paying him he would often say to me ” don’t worry about it till it happens!” The many lunches with friends sharing stories over a can of “big blue” I will always remember! Bill, I know you knew I loved you! You sir, enriched my life. I am forever greatful that we shared our time here on earth together. I will always remember you and miss you! Thanks for being my friend.

  • Was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing-He and my Dad, Bob Maddy, were very good friends so got to see a lot of Bill & Jean over the years. I have fond memories of his Irish Setter Kelly, his love of butterscotch pie , and his firm rule of staying fit-never eat pass 2pm. I was always amazed he was still working into his mid 80’s. He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed!

  • Dear Chrissy and Toni!!,My sympathy on the passing of your Father,and I had just seen where,back in 2013 your Mother passed.Sorry for all your losses including Bill Jr. we lost our Dad bac in July of 14.Take care the both of you!!

  • I would like to send condolences from all the Maddy family. He and brother Bob were very close over the years and he visited quite a few times here at 501 in Crestline. Dad had him do our siding and was very appreciative of the good workmanship. He was one of the few good men left and will be missed tremendously. Our condolences to his daughters and families. He was someone to be proud of.