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Clifford E. Owens

Clifford E. Owens

Clifford Eugene Owens, 94, of Mascoutah, IL, born May 18, 1927 in Coulterville, IL, passed away Saturday July 10, 21 at Brightly Senior Living Center in Mascoutah, IL. Mr. Owens had been a lab and x-ray technician for 18 years in area hospitals, was a lab analyst for 17 years at the Baldwin, IL power plant and had his own clinical lab for 11 years.  He honorably served his country towards the end of World War II with the United States Marine Corp. As a Private First Class, he participated in the occupation of China from February to October in 1946.

Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his parents; Arthur and Emma (Ackroyd) Owens, 1 first wife; Roberta Jean Redpath who he married in June 1946 and who passed away in 1981, second Sarah “Sally” Ellen (Tredway) Owens, whom he married in October 1983 and who passed away on November 1, 2020, son; Steven Robert Owens, one sister; Sharon (and husband William) Anderson and one brother; Burnell (and wife Jacqueline Gile) Owens and one brother-in-law; William Beckley.

Clifford is survived by two stepchildren; William Harrell of Tempe, AZ and Belinda Harrell Diecker of Marissa, IL, two sisters; Lois Beckley of Tilden, IL and Carol (Larry) Dornin of Hillsboro, MO, 5 grandchildren; Amanda (Chris Stargioti) Harrell, Ryan (Suzette) Diecker, Jeffery Harrell, Christina (John Gerger) Diecker and Andrew (Alison Inness) Diecker, three great-grandchildren; Connor, Madison and Adeline, two step great-grandchildren; Fin and Marlee and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Sonshine Corner in Marissa, IL, or Marissa’s United Methodist Church window restoration project.

Visitation: public visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday July 17, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL

Funeral; Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 17, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Marissa, IL with Pastor Cody Battefeld officiating.  Burial will follow at Marissa TWP Cemetery in Marissa, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.



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  1. Lea Richey Barrett says:

    Cliff was a prince of a fellow. He was my parents and my neighbor on Sunrise Drive in Marissa in the 1960’s and they thought the world of him and his family, as did I. We moved away and they kept in touch over the years. When I returned to visit, and when I returned to live here fifty plus years later , it was with great joy to have Sally and Cliff as my friends. What a magnificent Marissa man! He led a productive life!

  2. Julie Hurst says:

    Cliff was a very kind gentleman. Always spoke kindly, never a negative word and a sweet smile. It was a pleasure to see he and Sally when they were able to be out and about at restaurants!
    Condolences to the Families
    Julie Hurst

  3. sharon cross says:

    Clifford was a good person. Just a good person to eveyone.

  4. Bob Redpath says:

    Cliff was more like a brother to me than a brother-in-law. We enjoyed many activities together through the years. We hunted and fished together, shared the joys of family gatherings, belonged to a ‘card club’ and Lions Club together, and spent many hours discussing medicine, and the fascinating make-up of blood chemistry. Cliff and my sister, Roberta, often took me on their dates together when they were in high school, and I particularly enjoyed playing with Cliff’s pet fox that he raised from a baby, and had found injured in the woods while hunting. Many fond memories and I wish him peace as he enters the afterlife.

  5. Cliff was one of my very best friends and co-worker.I will surely miss him!

  6. Russell Edwin Coulter says:

    Cliff was a wonderful man to see. The world was blessed by his presence.

  7. D.D. Tredway says:

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Cliffs passing. I am sure he is with Aunt Sally.

  8. Carol DeBis-Harrell says:

    I am thankful that Cliff and Sally were blessed with many happy years together. He was a wonderful addition to the family and a kind and fun grandpa. I will miss visiting with him on the phone and am so glad to have known him.

  9. Mike Bottiaux family , Herrin Illinois says:

    Belinda & Family,

    Cliff had a heart of Gold, he was always there for a handshake & kind word. He will be greatly missed.

    Our deepest sympathies.

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