C. Owen Allen
August 19, 1927 - August 25, 2017
C. Owen Allen, age 90, a resident of Naperville, IL, formerly of Cody, WY and Maryland, died Friday, August 25, 2017. He was born August 19, 1927 in Trinidad, CO.
Beloved husband of the late Nina Allen (nee Schultz), whom he married September 3, 1950 and who preceded him in death on November 22, 2006, loving father of Cheryl (Mark Kosnik) Allen Kosnik of Naperville and the late James F. Allen, adored granddaddy of Rebecca (Dustin) Allen and Allen Kosnik of Naperville, cherished great-granddaddy of Orion and Leo Allen, devoted son of the late Thomas S. and Holland (nee Wilson) Allen, dear brother of Thomas S. Allen of Denver, CO, brother-in-law of Irene Schultz of Wyoming, fond cousin, uncle and friend of many.
Owen grew up in the coal mining town of Trinidad, CO and was a graduate of Trinidad High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Journalism.
Owen began his work career as a disc jockey at KODI radio station in Cody, WY and went on to serve as president of the Cody Chamber of Commerce where he established the Welcome Wagon Program. He later moved to Denver, CO, was employed as a field representative for the Highway Users Federation, was promoted to Field Director and transferred to Washington DC in 1972. Under Owen's leadership the Highway Users Federation was responsible for the "right turn on red" rule and many seatbelt safety laws. He retired as Director of the Field Agents in 1992 and lived in Potomac, MD.
Owen was a longtime, active member of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Potomac, served as a church elder and lector and was responsible for the installation of the church sound system. He enjoyed wordplay, golfing, computer programming, music, dancing and was a drummer in his younger years.
Generous and gregarious, Owen never met a person or pun he did not like. He encouraged everyone he loved to "Be Brave; figure out the right thing to do, be brave, and do it."
Memorial Visitation Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville.
Memorial Services will follow Thursday, 6:00 PM in the funeral home.
Future Inurnment: Riverside Cemetery, Cody, WY.
For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Naperville Responds For Our Veterans, 210 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540, (331) 684-7899, nrfov.org