Gerald E. Owens

Gerald E. “Bob” Owens, 76, of Geneva passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne with his family at his side. He was born on Monday, September 1, 1941 in Blue Creek Township, Adams County to Ben and Mary (Riff) Owens. He was married on October 29, 1961 to Connie Brewster.

He was employed at Franklin Electric in Bluffton and later at Haines and Sons Engineering in Berne, where he retired in 2011. He attended West Missionary Church. He loved to hunt, fish, mushroom hunting, and traveling. He also loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.  

He is survived by his wife of Geneva; two daughters, Roxanne (John) Crider of Berne; and Lisa (Steve) Moore of Geneva; sister, Joyce Owens Nevil of Geneva; four grandchildren, Tricia (Daniel) Heckard; Chaise Moore; Chelsea Moore; and Josh Crider, and one great-grandson, Luke Heckard.

Visitation was from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and was one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday, November 28 at West Missionary Church in Berne. Officiating was Pastor Keith Rupp. Burial was at MRE Cemetery in Berne.

Memorials may be made to West Missionary Church to the Youth Fund or Missions.

Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit