He was born on March 1, 1935 in Battle Creek, MI, son of the late Ward and Delilah Owen. He graduated from Weyauwega High School in 1952, and then joined the Coast Guard where he served his country for three years. Jerry worked construction with his father and in his later years continued carpentry and painting professionally. Jerry cherished his horse named Trixy and his beautiful black 1964 Cadillac convertible. Jerry was married to Nancy Owen on February 22, 1956, and they had five boys: Bruce, Robert, Bryan, Scott and Mike. He was also married to Chrystal Higginbotham and they had four children: Matthew, James, Bonnie and Mark. Jerry loved spending time making his secret barbecue sauce for making barbecue chicken as well as brewing a big pot of chili. He would take his kids out camping in the sand pit and would have fun nights and good talks by the fire. He taught his children to catch fire flies in a jar for tent lights, and to heat the rocks by the fire and put them at the bottom of your sleeping bag for warmth.
He is survived by his children: Bruce (Barb), Bob (Lynn), Bryan (Donna), Scott, Michael (Debbie), Heidi (Kent), Matthew (Jo Anne), James, Bonnie and Mark; grandchildren: Dayanna, Candra Mitchell (Joe), Jake Heinz (Megan), Brianna Heinz, Sarah Zimmerman (Andrew), Tyler Owen (Kelly), Jessica Owen-Anast, Brandon, Kayla, Allie, Evan, Jack Loewe, Trysten, Brendan, Kara, Ciara, Savanah, Sienna, Aspen, Alexander and Elizabeth Delilah; great-grandchildren: Avie, Bentley, Jaxon and Gabriel and aunt, Eva McCauley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Delilah Owen; his uncle, Sam Thompson; aunt, Corliss Larson and aunt, Beulah Thompson.
Funeral services for Jerry will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church (N3882 County Road KK), Baldwins Mill with Rev. Roger Nielsen officiating. A visitation for Jerry will be held directly at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.The Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home in Weyauwega is serving the family.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King for their wonderful care of Jerry the last 11 years.