Robert Dale McOwen

Passed: January 29, 2019


Robert Dale McOwen, age 77 of Phoenix, AZ died January 29, 2019 in Surprise, AZ.  He was born March 17, 1941 in Ballville Township, OH to Homer and Kathryn McOwen.  The oldest of 11 children, Robert played a significant role in raising his brothers and sisters.  Responsible and hardworking, he took his first job as a young  man at AJ Bayliss and with his earnings brought home the first Christmas tree his family ever had.  His love and care for his brothers and sisters continued throughout his life.  He worked for many years in the grocery industry and the last 20 years in the security industry.  Diligent and dependable, he had an incredible work ethic and never called in sick.

Robert was an avid reader.  He loved reading mysteries and crime novels.  Though he had an electronic device, books were always paper and electronic devices were for games of solitaire, sudoku and fill in puzzles.  He was a devoted sports fan and loved watching his AZ teams in action.  He especially enjoyed ASU Sun Devils football and Diamondback baseball games.  He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. His most cherished times were spent with his family.   As his family grew to include in-laws, he welcomed each into his family with love and respect.  He  was generous with his love for his grandchildren and made it a point to attend at least one of each grandchild’s sporting events, even traveling to Pennsylvania to attend one.  His support was genuine and he watched the high school games with as much enthusiasm as if he were at the super bowl.  He valued the time he spent surrounded by the members of his family and often commented to his partner, Gladys, how blessed he was because of them.

Robert is survived by his partner and “other half”, Gladys McOwen; daughter, Rhonda King (Mark); sons, Robby McOwen (Candy), and Raymond McOwen (Melissa); sisters Cora Neal and Kathy Marshall; brothers, Homer McOwen,  Bill McOwen, Roger Lindner; Eugene “Frosty” Lindner, Kevin Lindner, and Robert Lindner; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Kathryn; brother, Ralph; and sister, Karley.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Building A, 918 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.  If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

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4 responses to Robert Dale McOwen

  1. Our blessings and prayers to all of you. We will be with you in spirit tomorrow. Robert was a very special man and we’re so thankful he was in our life. God Bless. We love you all.

  2. Thinking of all of you today. He will truly be missed. Aunt Gladys wish I was there to give a big hug. Know that his pain and suffering are over, and keep those memories of him alive. Love you all.

  3. Tiff says:

    RIP to a great man father grandpa and uncle I have learned so much from him during my life and I’m so happy for our talks and I know he’s looking down on us and is having a great time and not feeling bad anymore. I’ll continue to pray for you aunt Gladys and everyone. I love you all

  4. I was very blessed throughout life to be able to call him my Uncle. Through the years our lives went different places in time but it never mattered how long we went without seeing each other my love and respect for this man never changed. He had a way of making any person feel they were special and loved. You will never be forgotten Uncle Robert and you will always be loved. May to good Lord watch over Aunt Gladys, Rhonda, Robby and his entire family during this very difficult time.

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