O. Preston Owen

March 18, 1920 ‒ March 21, 2017

Marengo, Ohio
Formerly of Cardington, Ohio

O. Preston Owen passed from this life on March 21, 2017 at Bennington Glen, near Marengo.

Preston, who was the last surviving member of the LaRue class of 1938, celebrated his 97th birthday on March 18th. His parents were Paul Owen and Ivah Trihaft Owen and he was born near LaRue, OH. He was the youngest of 5 children – Lillie Mae, John, Mary, Della, and him. He related many wonderful stories of his growing up years on the family farm.

Preston was drafted into the army and again he told of the wonderful opportunities afforded him. He eventually became a B-17 pilot during WWII.

His sister Della introduced him to her friend, Charlotte Trefz and after his tour of duty in the Army Air Corp was completed, returned to the LaRue area. He married Charlotte with whom he would celebrate 63 years of marriage before her death in June 2009. To this union was born one daughter, Lynn. Charlotte and Preston bought a farm in Morrow County in 1948.

Preston had amazing woodworking skills and built 25 homes in central Ohio, remodeled at least 50+ other kitchens and bathrooms in homes, and farmed with a neighbor.

Traveling to all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico filled their retirement years with happy memories. Preston would help anyone in need and will be missed by all who knew him as a fun-loving, humble, gentle man.

All of Preston’s siblings preceded him in death but there are many nieces, nephews and cousins left with precious memories of him. A granddaughter Bethany died in 2002. Also surviving are his daughter Lynn and her husband Val Harris of Lewis Center, OH, a grandson Tim Harris and his wife Angela, and two great grandchildren – Aidan Preston and Avery Grace all of Pickerington, OH.

The staff at Bennington Glen assisted living gave him extremely high quality, loving care and we are so grateful.

Preston’s family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Friends may also visit there from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Jeff Deel officiating.  Burial with military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Army, VFW Post 8054, and AmVets Post 87 will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution could do so to one of the following organizations: American Heart, American Cancer, American Diabetes, Southern Care Hospice, or any organization of the donor’s choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Preston’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I am not sure I can truly express my deep love for this amazing human being. He was a part of my life from the day I was born. He and Charlette spent many nights at our home playing euchre with my parents, grandparents and famly friends. We spent evening visits at their home as well. He is one of those people who is just larger than life. I spent many hours on job sites while he and my Dad built houses. His knowledge seemed never ending. He was always so happy to see you and be with you. I loved his smile and his laugh. Those will stay with me for a lifetime. God gives you people that you need. He was a true Gift I can never repay….I Love you, Preston.

  • Grandpa Preston meant so much to me! I met him 13 years ago when Tim and I first started dating and were best friends. I always told Grandpa Preston that he filled a big hole in my heart from when I lost my Papa when I was only 12 years old. Although I only knew him a short time, when I married into the family ten years ago, he was the world to me and made me feel apart of the family immediately and treated me just like a granddaughter!
    I will never forget when he came to the hospital the day Aidan, his first great grandchild was born, he told me he loved me very much and was so proud!
    He will be greatly missed, but I do know he is no longer suffering, and will always be looking out for us!
    We love you Grandpa Preston and will be seeing you again!
    Angela Harris

  • Preston and I met while I was a graduate student at OSU in the early 1960s. His family were a major support for my wife, Gwendolyn Wright Burke, during her early life in Morrow County. They continue to be dear friends even after Gwen’s death. The woodworked gifts from his hands have a permanent place on my mantle as a tribute to the admiration I hold for him. My trips to Ohio were never complete without a visit with him and his family. He will be missed, but never forgotten for his kindness and joy during his life on the earth we shared over 50 years.

  • Dear Val, Lynn, and family, Praying for you and your family as you grieve the loss of your beloved Father, Grandfather, teacher to so many, disciple of the Lord, best friend, and so much more to so many people. May God wrap His loving arms around each one of you and give you love, comfort, peace, and understand! Uncle Preston was a very loving, giving, kind hearted, special person and will be missed dearly by his friends and family! Love you all! MAy God bless you all!

  • What makes a great man?

    1. He is a Gentleman
    -Preston was polite, respectful, considerate, and attentive to everyone’s needs no
    matter who they were.

    2. He is Direct
    -Preston always looked straight in your eyes when he talked to you as if this it was
    the most important conversation he was having. He cared about making
    conversation memorable and meaningful and that was important to him.

    3. He has Integrity
    -Preston was true to his word in all facets of his life. When he told you he was
    going to do something, he did it. He was reliable and people knew they could
    count on him. He was highly respected for his knowledge, perspective, and care
    that he demonstrated everyday.

    4. He is Honest
    -Preston told the truth and not just what you wanted to hear. Honesty is genuine.

    5. He is Self-Confident
    -Preston was confident in himself and who he was. He believed in what he felt was
    true and was not easily pressured into doing things he didn’t believe in.

    6. He has a Positive Attitude
    -Was there anyone more positive than Preston? People wanted to be around him.
    He was always smiling and trying to brighten up people’s days. He made people

    Thanks Grandpa for being a GREAT MAN! One that others should learn from and model how to live their lives.

    We love and miss you, but we will see you again!!


  • The Gene Foster family is crying today at this news. What great memories of a long and joy filled friendship filled with laughs, card games, church. We were blessed that the home we grew up in was built by him. And Preston and Charlotte took such a special interest in us Foster kids and never ever forgot our names! We are so sorry Lynn and Val and family for your loss. We are thrilled he is with his beloved Charlotte and they are laughing together again. What a great sound! God blessed us with their love and friendship over many years and we are grateful and humbled to have been called their friends! Hugs to all of you!
    Gene & Betty Foster
    Vickie & George Noltensmeyer
    Steve & Jan Foster
    Lesa Stone

  • Lynn & family, Sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. I always enjoyed talking with him and your mom whenever our family paths would cross. May God’s loving arms hold you all in the coming days and bring you strength and comfort.

    Karen & Adam Jordan

  • Southern Care Hospice would like to say thank you for allowing us to meet Preston. The time was such an honor . We were lucky to be a part of his care . Thank you Lynn for the wonderful memories, the heartfelt stories, and the insight.