Ronald L. Owen
Published in The Herald on January 23, 2011
Ronald L. Owen, USMC, Ret., 77 years young, passed away on January 10,
2011. Born in Avondale, PA, he was the son of Lewis Owen and Elizabeth
May. He earned a degree in Psychology from Lafayette College in Easton,
PA and a degree in International Relations and Law from the Naval War
College in Newport, Rhode Island.
He played baseball for Lafayette College and placed 3rd in the College
World series in 1953. He also played minor league baseball while attending
Lafayette College for 4 summers. He liked to boast that he played with
the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league team, the Montreal Royals, and played
with Roberto Clemente in 1954.
He was drafted in 1955 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years
as a pilot and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. During his years
of service he received many decorations, medals, badges, citations and
ribbons. These include: Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, National Defense
Medal, Armed Forces Expedi-tionary Medal, Air Medal, Republic of Vietnam
Campaign Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Cross of Gallantry, Strike, Flight
Award, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service
Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He married Helen Bedinger in 1968, and had a daughter, Cymantha Owen in
1972. They resided in Portales, NM from 1975 to 1984. During that time
he worked as Probation and Parole Officer.
In 1984, he moved to Longboat Key, Florida with his family. He returned
to Portales, Dora, and Ruidoso, New Mexico several times a year for vacation.
He loved to go to breakfast every morning and get all the 'hot-scoop'
from the waitresses, his friends, and the 'good-ole-boys'. He was a prankster
and loved to tell stories and jokes.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Helen Owen, of Longboat Key, daughter,
Cymantha Owen, and granddogs, Bronco and Deoge, of Bradenton. He is survived
by sister-in-law, Sandra Bedinger; niece, Sonja Bedinger; nephew, Brett
Bedinger of Portales; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Bedinger of Pylesville,
As requested, there will be no services. After cremation, his ashes will
be spread in all the places that he loved.