Ronald Keith Owen Ronald Keith Owen, 84, of Reno, Nevada, passed away, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at his home. Ronald was born July 13, 1932 in Duke, Oklahoma to Ivin and Nina Owen. In the third grade he met the love of his life, Reva Joan Lankford. They married on September 9, 1950 their senior year of High School. Together they graduated from Duke High School in 1951. He and Joan moved to Reno, Nevada with their three children in 1962. Ronald worked 20 years as head of the waterworks division at Record Supply Company, then started Owen Brother's Pump with their two sons, where he worked until retirement in 1992. Ronald was known to be humble, kind, and loving. Through out his life he was a devout Christian and member of the church of Christ, where he taught Bible classes, lead singing, delivered sermons, and served wherever he was needed. Ronald was greatly respected by all who knew and loved him. His generosity and kindness extended beyond family and friends. He was the kind of man who would give a stranger the clothes off his back, or invite him for a meal. He was quick witted and whimsical to the end. His greatest pleasures were spending time with his family, and a dedication to his wife of 66 years. He and the family would often play volleyball, badminton, croquet, and baseball with neighbors joining in. Many evenings were spent singing along to the guitar, assembling puzzles, playing board games, cards, or dominoes. No matter how long a day he had at work, he was always attentive to his family. Ronald appreciated the outdoors and enjoyed many camping, fishing, and hunting excursions. His other interests and activities included: Chairman of Boy Scouts troop 35, a member of the 20th Century Bridge club, gardening, farming, and traveling. Ronald is survived by his wife Joan, his two sons, Randy and his wife Daisy of Reno, NV, Roger of Reno, NV, and daughter Nadine Gauthier and her husband Allen of Reno, NV, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. At the age of nine, the first hymn Ronald led at church was "Beulah Land", which remained one of his favorites. Our dear Ronald, no longer do you just sing of "Beulah Land", for now you are there. No memorial or service will be held at Ronald's request. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be sent to the Foothills Church of Christ, P.O. Box 21541, 14770 Chamy Dr, Reno, NV 89521, or the Westview Boys Home, 120 W Broadway St, Hollis, OK 73550. A special thanks to the Circle of Life Hospice, for their compassionate care.
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