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Raymond D. Owens  

Raymond D. Owens

June 22, 1939 – March 11, 2014

Raymond D. Owens, age 74, of Newark, passed away March 11, 2014 at home peacefully surrounded by family.

Ray was born in Johnstown, PA. He proudly served seven years in the USAF as an aircraft mechanic. He worked for Chrysler-MOPAR PDC in Newark and retired in 1999. He served as Chairperson UAW Local 404 Retirees.

Ray enjoyed sharing his mechanical expertise with family, friends, and any one who had car trouble. (READ YOUR MANUAL). His other hobbies included reading, especially auto magazines, shooting pool, and doing crossword puzzles.

Ray was preceded by his son Damon, brothers Earl and Charles, and sister Bernice Hufford.
Ray is survived by his beloved wife and sweetheart, Rita; sister Shirley Lattner (Jim); children, Karen Hillman (Robert), Traci Fortner (Dale), Cindy Romesberg (Joe), Arlene Dolphin, Andy Dolphin and Lynn Dolphin; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and 1 grand dog, Molly.

Many thanks to Dr. Steven Grubbs and his staff for their professional care.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Ray’s life at 2 pm on Sunday, afternoon March 16, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where friends and family may visit from 1 pm until 2 pm. Dress will be casual. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Forgotten Cats, Inc., 4023 Kennett Pike, Suite 422, Greenville, DE 19807 (www.forgottencats.org) or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Robert J. Hillman, March 13, 2014

    I am Thankful for all he taught me and everything he did for our family. Peace Love and Understanding.

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  2. Alicia Dertow, March 13, 2014

    So sorry for the Owens family loss! I know he will be missed by the family, and friends who knew him! He will be in Heaven with all his friends and family and enjoying himself I’m sure, just knew he will be watching you all and keeping all Safe!!! Remember all the good and special times with him and know he Loved everyone So!! May the family be blessed and may the family have peace! From: Alicia Dertow, & Rick Hollingsworth

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  3. Judy and Vic Dirienzo, March 13, 2014

    We are very proud to have been neighbors of Ray and Rita for almost 50 years. Ray was so very good to our family and would always be there to help us out, especially when we had car trouble! He was a good man and will be missed so much by us, and our neighborhood. It will take a long time to get used to not seeing him in the yard, the garage, and sitting on his porch. He fought long and hard through his health issues, and always stayed upbeat. May he rest easy now and be free of pain in Heaven. God bless you, Ray, and you will be in our hearts forever. Our deepest condolence to his wife and family.

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  4. Diane Rocker, March 13, 2014

    Aunt Rita and cousins ~ My heart breaks for all of you. Ray was an awesome person…always quick with a smile and a kind word. Prayers for comfort and peace at this sad time.

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  5. Jim and Kay McQuiston, March 14, 2014

    Our deepest sympathy to Ray’s family. I met Ray through a friend that told me if I ever need car repairs, Ray is the man to go to. His knowledge of cars, his honesty was truly remarkable. I will miss one of the nicest men I had the pleasure of knowing.

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  6. sherry spear johnson, March 14, 2014

    Rita and family,
    You know how much I loved and thought of ray as well as all of you.
    All of the wonderful things he has done and how much he loved all of you was and will always be in my heart.
    You know how to reach me if you need.
    Love,
    Sherry

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  7. Cathy Marcum, March 14, 2014

    Rita & Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was such a good friend to my late husband, Gene.
    He was an excellent mechanic and pool player and he loved and respected his family very much.
    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers .

    Sincerely,
    Cathy & Family

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  8. Caitie and James "Ricky" Romesberg Jr., March 15, 2014

    We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  9. Pete Holland, March 15, 2014

    A decent pool shot, an excellent mechanic, and a true friend. You will be severely missed by myself, my wife and all my children. I hear they have the best crabs in heaven so I’m sure you’re having a feast.

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  10. Bill Carroll, March 16, 2014

    Enjoyed working with Ray @ Chrysler for many years. He will be missed.
    Regards, Bill Carroll

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  11. Rose Arendarczyk, March 16, 2014

    Aunt Cindy, Rita and family-
    I was so sorry to hear about Ray. Deepest sympathies and warmest regards.
    With love,
    Rosie (and family)

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  12. Cherie Knies-Loomis, March 26, 2014

    Rita and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have a great emptiness in your hearts. It was hard to go through those treatments and hard to watch him have them. He will forever be my friend, mechanic and fellow crab lover……..I know in my heart he is in a better place. It is the one’s that knew and loved him that are overcome with pain now. We shall miss him deeply. My love to you.
    Cherie

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  13. Jim Jones, April 17, 2014

    I have only today received word of Ray’s passing. My condolences to all of Ray’s Family through this trying time. Ray was always quick with a smile and a pleasant word. He was liked and respected by so many friends and acquaintances; he will be missed. Jim Jones

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