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In Memory of

Edward Powell Owen

August 10, 1923 - October 7, 2016

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Edward Powell Owen died on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 93. He was born on August 10, 1923 in San Antonio, Texas and was the second child of Bernice Powell Owen and Walter Preston Owen. Ed grew up in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. After graduating from high school in Miami, he chose to study civil engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. At Georgia Tech, Ed learned to love opera and became an officer in their ROTC program. In his senior year Ed was the managing editor of two school newspapers, competed on...

Edward Powell Owen died on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the age of 93. He was born on August 10, 1923 in San Antonio, Texas and was the second child of Bernice Powell Owen and Walter Preston Owen. Ed grew up in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. After graduating from high school in Miami, he chose to study civil engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. At Georgia Tech, Ed learned to love opera and became an officer in their ROTC program. In his senior year Ed was the managing editor of two school newspapers, competed on the rifle team, and still succeeded in graduating at the age of 20!

At the time of his graduation from Tech in 1943, the United States was already engaged in World War II. After Army training Ed was assigned to the Corps of Engineers, and stationed in Gainesville, Texas. He took a liking to Texas and on his first free weekend, Ed was introduced to Dorothy Myrick at Texas State College for Women in Denton. A first date to church became several dates and soon, he met Dot's parents and proposed marriage to Dot. A wedding date was set; they were married within weeks of meeting each other. Upon returning from a short honeymoon, Ed learned he was being sent to the South Pacific. He served as a company commander in Manila, building airfields and hangars, and maintaining roads and bridges. He was discharged at the end of the war as a captain and returned to Dot in Texas.

Ed received his Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1948-one of two students to earn a M.S.C.E. degree from U.T. that year. His search for an engineering job took Ed and Dot to Houston and eventually, to a career of more than thirty years at Fluor Corporation. Ed retired from Fluor, only to return for years afterwards. When he was 75, he was, without dispute, the oldest employee at Fluor.

Ed was an unassuming man of significant accomplishments. He possessed a dry wit and appreciated a well-told joke. He loved reading, gardening, working on his investments, and taking Dot out to dinner. It was in Houston Dot and Ed made many lifelong friends, began their family, and raised their four daughters. Ed loved his wife, his daughters, and their families. He was proud of his family and found them a source of great joy and comfort-in his words, "the best and greatest thing in my life".

Ed is preceded in death by his brother, Preston, his parents, and by Dot, his wife of 70 years. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Jenifer Pipkin (Michael), Elizabeth Kern (Jeff), Kay Ross (Knox), and Martha Owen (Paul Forderhase). Ed loved his grandchildren: Sarah Pipkin; Erin Kern; Anna, Timothy (Sarah), and Megan Ross; and Daniel and Andrew Forderhase.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Belmont Village, the MICU staff of Methodist Hospital, and the staff of Houston Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care for Ed.

The funeral service will be held at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. A private, family-only interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's memory to:
The Houston Public Library Foundation
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