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Charles Kenneth "Ken" Owen

October 1, 1961 August 17, 2020
Charles Kenneth "Ken" Owen
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Obituary for Charles Kenneth "Ken" Owen

On Monday August 17, 2020 Charles Kenneth ”Ken” Owen, 58, passed away peacefully at his home in Aurora, Colorado. He was born at Fort Wainwright, Alaska in October 1961 to the late Charles William Owen and Josephine Pacheco. He was raised in Kearns, Utah and at age 17 he entered the U.S. Army. He served his country for four years in the infantry before deciding to move on to other things. While stationed in Hawaii in 1981 he met his wife, Brenda Leilani Marsh and after a long engagement they were married in 1986. After Brenda graduated from nursing school, Ken followed her around the world during her Air Force career. He worked at a variety of different jobs until his son, Caleb Robert was born when he became a stay at home dad. When Sara Aja was born 18 months later he had his hands full chasing after two very active young children, keeping the house running smoothly, and supporting Brenda. Once his children were school age, he took jobs in the schools they attended so that he could continue to care for them. As a recess monitor and a “lunch lady guy” the highlight of his day was seeing and teasing his children. His favorite job was as a traveling chef for Colorado Springs District 20 schools. For this job he traveled to each school in the district to cook for the teachers. He really enjoyed being able to create delicious meals, seeing their pleasure as they ate his creations, and getting to know these educators. He was an avid fisherman and was happiest when he was on a river fishing for trout or salmon. One of the first things he would do when they moved to a new area was to locate the best fishing spots. Ken also really enjoyed traveling and took every opportunity to experience new places. During their eight years living in Germany, he boasted that they were able to travel to 25 different countries and countless cities, towns, and tiny villages. He would purposely “get lost” just so that he could see something new. This drove his children crazy but showed them parts of the country they wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Although Ken wanted to move to Alaska when Brenda retired from the Air Force in 2009, they ultimately chose to settle in Colorado so that they could be closer to family. Ken had a keen sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and a great smile, though it was hard to capture these smiles on camera. He loved making people laugh and continued to tell bad jokes until the very end. A true Monty Python enthusiast he delighted in reciting entire scenes word for word from their movies. Although he wasn’t great at expressing his feelings verbally, he was so proud of his children and loved all his family deeply. He will be sorely missed and there will be a little less laughter in the world due to his passing.

He is survived by his wife; his two children, Caleb (Angie) and Sara; a grandson Liam; his mother Jo and step father “Papa Eddie” Springer; his siblings Rick, Vera (Randy), Monica (TK), and Robert (Becky); his nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his father; a brother Shannon; a sister Kayleen, and his nephew Jesse.

A celebration of life and scattering of his ashes will be held at a later date due to the restrictions related to the corona virus pandemic.

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