Retired Col. Oadis W. Owen, a native of Winnfield and a resident of Comite Hills in Greenwell Springs, LA, died on November 24th at the age of 89. Col. Owen served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corp assigned to the 448th Bomb Group as a gunner where he received 3 Bronze Stars and The Air Medal with 5 Oak Clusters for his bravery and valor during battle. As a civil engineer, he served in the Philippines on a second tour of duty. He continued to serve active duty as instructor teaching basic officer classes. Oadis received a Masters of Education from LSU and taught mathematics at Baker and Istroma High Schools. He also was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Central Private School where he received an Award of Appreciation on his 80th birthday from the staff and student body where the Mayor proclaimed it Oadis W. Owen Day. He taught in the public and private school for 47 years. He had 10 brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruby Harvin Owen; son Craig Owen and wife Starr; daughter Cheryl Norder and husband Stephen; one brother Earl "Byrd" Owen; one sister Faye Swartout; 6 grandsons: Travis, Trent, and Tyler Owen along with Chad and Justin Norder and Graham Stephens; and 6 great grandchildren. Oadis and Ruby were members of Comite Baptist Church. He was a bible scholar and Godly example to his loving family and everyone knew him. He will be remembered for his love and devotion to God and family, his integrity and honor as an officer and the lasting impression that he made on the students in which he invested many years of his life. Visitation will be held at Comite Baptist Church on Tuesday the 27th from 12noon until memorial service beginning at 1:30. Please visit www.greenoaksfunerals.com to leave condolences for the family.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2012