Samuel Leroy Owens

Samuel Leroy Owens

November 19, 2019, age 93. Born in Wilkes-Barre in 1925, Sams father and grandfather worked in the coal mining industry. After high school, Sam enlisted in the Navy and spent 3 years in the Pacific during World War II. When the war was over, Sam returned home and met Jean Wilcox. Sam and Jean married, and Sam took advantage of the GI Bill to go to Wilkes College and earn a degree in Accounting. Sams career would take him to Harrisburg, PA, Annapolis, MD, and finally landing a job with Ford Motor Credit Company and moving the family to Southfield, MI. Sam loved sports. He played fast-pitch softball prior to moving to Michigan and continued to bowl and play golf. He was a fixture at all his kids and grandkids sporting events, concerts and activities. He loved to watch sports, especially the Michigan State football and basketball games. Sam also loved Big Band music, Sinatra and many others. Sam and Jean could cut a rug with their jitterbug moves. Sam was a member of the Royal Oak Elks #34, American Legion Post 374 and a charter member of Northbrook Presbyterian Church. Sams smile and wit made him a friend to everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he has touched. Beloved husband of the late Jean for 65 years. Loving father of Susan Boatman (Larry), Carol McGuire (Dennis), James, William (Angela), and the late Jeffrey, and David. Cherished grandfather of Michael, Matthew, Keith, Lindsey, Derek, David, Sarah, Samuel, and Gabriella. Brother of the late Betty Emanski (the late John) and Stephen Owens.. Funeral service Monday 11am A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (btwn 13-14 Mile), (248) 549-0500. Family will receive friends Sunday 2-6pm and Monday 10am until the time of service. Memorial tributes to Northbrook Presbyterian Church, 22055 W. 14 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Funeral Home: A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu 32515 Woodward Ave (btwn 13-14 Mile) Royal Oak, MI US 48073
December 26, 1925 - November 19, 201912/26/192511/19/2019
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Richard Keier
November 27, 2019
Sam was one of our best friends at Northbrook Church. He always took time to greet my wife, Karen, as she struggled with Parkinson's, but attended Northbrook every time possible. We loved seeing him and his daughter at our soup lunches at Northbrook. Sending love and ble... Continue Reading
Mimi Ace
November 24, 2019
I am so grateful that our daughters finally met my wonderful Uncle Sam several years ago. I have many memories of him and my Aunt Jeanie from my early years. A kind, funny man always ready with a story. He had a long life well-lived and for that we can be grateful. To S... Continue Reading
Fred Sawyer
November 21, 2019
Worked for and with Sam at Ford Credit for many years. Good man to work with and for when Ford Credit was a great place to work. God speed Sam.
Familia Bonilla Crespo
November 21, 2019
Dear Owens family accompanying them in these moments of sadness. I was able to share with him many years ago and I remember a lot of smile. A big hug.
Andrea Williams
November 21, 2019
My sincerest condolences for the family of such a sweet man. I worked for Sam at Ford Credit back in the 70's through the early 80's. He was a fair and kind person who always had a smile on his face.
Rev. Jacqueline Spycher
November 20, 2019
Sam was such a dear man! I will miss him, as will so many in our Northbrook faith family.
Deb Queen
November 20, 2019
Dear Will, Angela, Sam, and Gabriella, we are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sorrow. Fondly, Deb, Joe, Lily and Lucy