Peabody — Mr. Rolf H. Owens Sr., 91, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield, and beloved husband of H. Louise (Conley) Owens, died July 7, 2014, with his devoted wife by his side.
Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Frank and Ruth (Hanson) Owens. He was raised and educated in Somerville, and was a graduate of Somerville High School. He continued his education at Bentley University and he earned his bachelor's degree from Suffolk University.
An honorably discharged veteran, Rolf served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew on the Boeing B-17, dubbed the Flying Fortress. It was known as the Queen of Bombers, and Rolf handled his position as gunner with precision, serving many missions and always returning safely home after a objective accomplished.
Mr. Owens had been employed in the printing and publishing fields. He began his professional career with the Kemper Insurance Co., and then to Ginn Publishing Company. More recently, he had been associated with the Xerox Co. for over 20 years, until the time of his retirement.
A resident of the town of Lynnfield for over 50 years, Rolf was a member of the Center Congregational Church in Lynnfield. A master Mason, Rolf was a member of the Zetland Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Lynnfield. He enjoyed spending his time bowling, golfing, boating, and dinners with family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Rolf is survived by his wife of 68 years, H. Louise (Conley) Owens of Peabody; his daughter, Donna Herhold and her husband, Michael, of Bartlesville, Okla.; his son, Rolf H. Owens Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, of Beverly; his grandchildren, Barbara Kellenbenz, and Brian Berry and Joscelyn Owens; his great-grandchildren, Jack, Riley and Regan Kellenbenz; his niece and nephew, Leslie Herrmann and Jeffrey Owens; his grandnephew, Christopher Ofstein; and extended family, including his cousin, Harald Ekrheim and family of Norway. He was also the brother of the late Frank Owens.