Clarence Owens


September 13, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Clarence John Owens, 91, of Iola and formerly of rural Humboldt died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Allen County Hospital in Iola.
Clarence was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Pershing, Okla., to Loren John and Cordia Florence (Barner) Owens. He grew up on the family farm north of Altoona.
On July 4, 1940, Clarence married Ruby L. Jarred in Fredonia. They made their home on a farm in Altoona. They later moved to farms near LaHarpe and east of Humboldt on the Tank Farm Road. In 1972, they built their home on their farm east of Humboldt and lived there until entering Fountain Villa in Iola five years ago.
Besides farming, Clarence hauled milk for Pet Milk until it closed and he hauled hay into Missouri for many years. He especially enjoyed fishing and hoeing his land.
His memberships include St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt where he was a member of the Men’s Club, Aid Assoiciation for Lutherans (AAL) and served the Ground Hog and Pancake Feed for many years.
His is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ruby Owens of the home; three daughters, Charlotte Owens and her husband, Bill, Humboldt, Phyllis Boan and her husband, Lewis, Buffalo, and Marilyn Bumstead and her husband, Ron Jr., Humboldt; a sister, Effie Lucille Taylor, Wheatland, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Richard Owens and his wife, Susan, David Lee Owens and his fiancee, JoEllen, Teresa Owens, Robert Owens and his wife, April, Jay Weseloh and his wife, Connie, Justin Weseloh, Nathan Bumstead and his wife, Monica, and Matthew Bumstead; a stepgrandson, Randall Boan; nine great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Peggy Weseloh, and a brother, Delbert Joe.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m Wednesday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt. The Rev. David E. Meier will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Iola.
Memorials to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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