O. Preston Owen
March 18, 1920 ‒ March 21, 2017
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.