Jack B. Owen, former Vail town worker, has died
Jack B. “Babe” Owen, of Leadville, passed away Wednesday in Denver. He was 74.
Jack was born on Dec. 22, 1933 in Gilman, to Walter F. and Kathryn C. (Keating) Owen.
Jack married Mary Ann Mehle on July 10, 1955, in Leadville, at St. Joseph’s Church.
Jack served in the United States Army between May 20, 1953 and March 31, 1955. He attained the rank of corporal serving in Korea and was honorably discharged with great pride. He then worked at the Climax molybdenum mine for 31 years before working as a welder for the town of Vail for 23 years.
Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and his most cherished moments were spent at many family gatherings where he was surrounded by good food and a loving family. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a life-long member of the Leadville Elk’s Lodge #236.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Walter Jay Owen.
Jack is survived by his wife Mary Ann of Leadville; his daughters, Jackie Owen of Grand Junction, Janet Azeltine of Leadville, and Cindy Webster of Salida; grandchildren Jennifer and Brent Magill, Stephanie, Ryan and Josh Azeltine, and Nicole and Danielle Webster; great grandchildren Anij Magill and Emma Rose and Brando Azeltine.
He is also survived by his two sons-in-law, whom he loved dearly, Wally Azeltine, of Leadville, and David Webster, of Salida.
The Rosary will be recited on Sunday at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10 a.m., both at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville. The Reverend Gus Stewart will officiate. Joan Dawson will sing accompanied by Beverely Pologar.
Jack will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in Leadville. Pallbearers will be Josh, Ryan and Wally Azeltine, Bob Mehle, Doug VanHouten, David Webster and Brent Magill. Committal services by the B.P.O.E. #236 of Leadville. Following the interment, the family will receive friends at a reception hosted by the Leadville Elk’s Lodge.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 2255 So. Oneida, Denver, CO 80224