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Owen Dale "Rusty" Owens


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Owen Dale "Rusty" Owens

Owen Dale "Rusty" Owens passed away Oct. 29 following a courageous and strong battle with cancer. He was 64.

Owens was born to Betty Louise and Edwin LaVain Owens March 9, 1952 in Rock Springs. Rusty attended schools in Green River and Hastings, Neb. Rusty graduated from Green River High School in 1970.

Owens met his best friend, wife, and eternal companion, Rosanne "Sandy" Cimino Owens, at the age of 16. They married Sept. 16, 1972.

They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on Nov. 11, 1978.

Their union brought four children, John Charles, Jacob Michael, Heidi Ann, and Alex Ringdahl.

His highest priority was his family, and family gave Owens his greatest happiness. Owens' interests of ranching, horse training, camping, hunting, and traveling were centered around creating and developing strong family relations.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served faithfully in many callings within the church. Owens' most recent calling was to coordinate church services for residents of Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River.

This was one of Owens' favorite callings, as he was able to help residents experience needed spiritual blessings through church attendance.

Owens is survived by his wife, Sandy; his parents, LaVain and Betty Louise Owens; his children, John Owens and wife Elonna, Jake Owens and wife Janalyn, Heidi Smith and husband Bo, and Alex Owens and wife Sabrina. He is also survived by one sister, three brothers, their spouses, and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Marguerite Owens, and Alex and Wanda Ringdahl.

Funeral services for Owens will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Green River LDS Stake Center. Friends may call 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church prior to the services.

Interment will take place at the Riverview Cemetery in Green River.

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