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Charles B. Owens

October 31, 1932 — August 12, 2023

Charles “Charlie” Buck Owens, 90, of Rockford, IL went to be with the Lord peacefully on Saturday, August 12, 2023; Charles was born on October 31, 1932, in Springfield, MO the son of Charles and Mildred Owens. Charles graduated from Springfield High School in 1951. After high school, Charles traveled to Rockford and began his employment at Mechanics Universal Division of Borg Warner in 1951. Shortly thereafter He met and married Marjorie Helene Mauk and they were married for 62 years before she preceded him in death on July 13, 2015. Both Marjorie and Charles were members of St. Bridget Catholic Church. In 1952, Charles was drafted into military service with the United States Army until his Honorable Discharge in 1955 after which he returned to work at Mechanics Universal Division before retiring after 30 years of service. Charles loved fishing, hunting, camping, and outdoor life. He spent many winters of his retirement in Florida with Marjorie enjoying those pursuits.

He is survived by his children, Mary Ellen Peters (Robert), Charles Steven Owens (Hope), Lu Ann Panozzo-Jones, Daniel Lee Owens; his granddaughters, Michele Panozzo, Susan Panozzo-Jones (Justin), Sara Sorenson (James) and Jennifer Gonzales (Rolando); and his great grandson, Micah Gonzales; and his loving brother Harry Widmeyer. He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan M. Owens; his parents; and brother Terry Owens.

The family would like to thank the kind and loving staff at ProMedica Hospice for their support and professional care.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 18, 2023, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL, with burial immediately following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. To express online condolences, please visit:

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Friday, August 18, 2023

10:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Riverside Chapel

3910 North Rockton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103

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