Robert Eugene Owens, 80, Vero Beach

Robert Eugene Owens, 80, died March 31, 2011, at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach.

He was lifetime resident of Vero Beach.

He served as a paratrooper in the Army and the Marine Corps during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Eugene Owens Jr., of Daphne, Ala., Randall Scot Owens, of Ocala, and Charles Edward Owens, of Stuart; sisters, Dorothy Smith and Ruth Sparkman, both of Vero Beach, and Claudia Luikart, of Fort Pierce; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded by his sisters, Loca Black, Lorena Hazellief, Bernice Tillis and Annie Ruth; brothers, John Wallace Owens, Felix “Shorty” Owens and Frank Owens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Attention: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. April 16 at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

Burial will take place at a later date at Bushnell National Cemetery.

A guestbook may be signed at

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