Charles Allen Owen, 92, volunteer work included building a bluebird trail

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Charles Owen

Charles Owen

Charles ‘Chuck’ Owen, 92, entered into eternal peace on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at The Memory Center in Virginia Beach. The memorial service will be held at the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th St., at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Chuck was born on July 31, 1924 in Ortonville, Mich. He graduated from Michigan State University, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and retired from DuPont as the general manager for the General Motors Co. account in Farmington Hills, Mich.

As a member of the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, Chuck enjoyed volunteering his services at the Potter’s House bicycle ministry. He first retired on Skidaway Island, Ga., where he was an active member of the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. His numerous volunteer efforts included Bible studies conducted at the Bethesda Home for Boys and the Chatham County Jail Ministry. He also dedicated himself to the Dave Scott Bluebird Trail on Skidaway, building and growing it to become the largest monitored blue bird trail east of the Mississippi and possibly the entire country. There are now 200 houses. Chuck was a leader in his involvement with the Kiwanis Club (The Golden K) of Skidaway, where he served as lieutenant governor of Georgia’s southeastern district. He was a passionate golfer.

Chuck is survived by his wife Shirley Ezzell Owen of Virginia Beach; Chuck’s daughters Penrhyn (George) Olsen, Lynne Owen, Jacklyn (Jim) Martin, Leslie Lampinen and Shirley’s daughters Sheryl (Mike) Evans, Shelly (Steven) Hall, Shannon (Michael) Salter, Shawn Hall-Lecuona; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to The Memory Center on Old Donation Parkway and to Interim Hospice Care of Virginia Beach for their support and care.

Remembrances can be made to Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, Skidaway Island United Methodist Church and the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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