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In Memory of

Keith Wallace Owen

July 22, 1922 - June 11, 2017

Obituary


Keith was born to Clinton C. and Ruth Owen July 22nd, 1922 at 2 a.m. in Seattle, Washington. The family moved to Yakima where Keith was baptized March 7th, 1936 at Yakima Christian Church. Keith attended Yakima High School. His family spent many days in the mountains fostering his love of the outdoors. He spent Summers on Chinook Pass fishing and hiking. Keith was a member of the YMCA and had a very successful career as a Golden Gloves boxer, being a champion in the welterweight division. Keith met the love of his life, Sarah...

Keith was born to Clinton C. and Ruth Owen July 22nd, 1922 at 2 a.m. in Seattle, Washington. The family moved to Yakima where Keith was baptized March 7th, 1936 at Yakima Christian Church. Keith attended Yakima High School. His family spent many days in the mountains fostering his love of the outdoors. He spent Summers on Chinook Pass fishing and hiking. Keith was a member of the YMCA and had a very successful career as a Golden Gloves boxer, being a champion in the welterweight division. Keith met the love of his life, Sarah Kathryn McDowell, at a Grange hall dance. They were together for 76 years, being married for 71, dancing until the end. He enlisted in the US Navy and was motor machinist mate first class. These skills became his craft for the future. He was on a landing craft infantry (LCI) during World War II. Keith was honorably discharged on December 30th, 1945. He was married on August 7th, 1946 to his love Sarah Kathryn McDowell, spending the rest of his life with her. They moved to Terrace Heights after the birth of their first daughter Shelley Kathleen Owen. She was followed by their daughter Kristi Marie Owen, and son Jeffry Keith Owen.

Keith is survived by Sarah Kathryn Owen, Shelly Dilley, Kristi Ernsberger (Tom), Jeff Owen (Teresa), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and he loved them all, referring to them as his "Little Cuties."

Keith was an elder at the Terrace Heights Community Presbyterian Church.

His mechanical career that started in the Navy continued throughout his life.

He was self-employed most of his life in automotive and was an honest and excellent mechanic. Keith was a wonderful, caring husband. He provided a great home for his family, and a wonderful place they call the cabin at Rimrock Lake. He taught his family and friends to fish and water ski and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held from 3 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at Rainier Memorial Center with burial to follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Keith & Keith Funeral Home. To share a memory of Keith please visit www.keithandkeith.com.