William David Owens, 87, returned to his heavenly home July 20, 2022.

He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Alvia and Mildred Owens during The Great Depression. He was the youngest of three siblings and although the family didn’t have a lot, they didn’t need a lot. Somehow they had clothes to wear even if they were crafted from old bus uniforms, and there was always food on the table, including watermelon rind preserves and vinegar pie. As a boy, Bill was happy, filthy from playing in the dirt, and loving it.

In 1950, Bill moved to Portland. He finished his last two years at Grant High School, where he lettered in track and cross-country, placing in State in both events. Award-ed a track scholarship to the University of Portland, Bill was in the AFROTC and the drill team at U.P. He was named Outstanding Freshman Cadet and won the junior and senior leadership awards. Bill served as Drill Team Commander and Cadet Wing Commander. He was awarded AFROTC Distinguished Graduate honors, Senior Leadership honors, and was honored in the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

After graduating in 1956, Bill served as an Air Force Supply Officer stationed on the small island of Mishima in the Sea of Japan. He was responsible for Boat Detail, which included checking on remote sites and delivering payroll to multiple islands by helicopter.

In 1959, Bill returned from overseas and married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Merrick. They lived at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington, for two years. In 1961, Bill was honorably discharged and he began his 46-year career in sales and marketing for Jantzen, Ford Industries Code-A-Phone, A-Dec Dental Sup-plies, and in real estate.

The couple had three daughters.

In 1994, Joanne died of cancer.

A few years after her death, Bill met and married Anne Swenson. They spent 23 years together, enjoying time in both their Arizona and Damascus homes.

Bill is survived by his wife, three daughters, two stepsons, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and brother, Earl.

His wife Joanne, grandson Ben, and sister, Mary, preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers contributions to Seminarian Appeal for Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon is appreciated. Gifts may be made by check or online at ad-vance.archdpdx.org/give-today.