Mr G. E. Owen

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MR Geoffrey Edward Owen, of Eastcliffe Square, Caythorpe, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 86.

Born in Caythorpe, he was the eldest son of Florence and Arthur Edward Owen. He has a sister, Sheila.

He was the loving husband of the late Betty, doting father to the late Dianne (youngest daughter) and much loved and looked up to by his elder daughter Margaret and granddaughter, Tamara.

After leaving school he began work as a baker’s boy for Mr Ruff, of Fulbeck. He then worked for a while in a coal mine in Batley, before moving to the B. T. H. Lighting Company in Thurmaston, Leicester. Finally he was employed at RAF Cranwell, where he remained for more than 30 years.

Mr Owen loved his dog, Peter, and he also enjoyed spending time with his many friends and watching sport on television.

The Rev June Freshney conducted the funeral service at St Vincent’s Church, Caythorpe. His ashes were later interred with those of his wife and youngest daughter.

Family mourners included: Margaret Webb, Tamara Webb, Sheila and Ray Griffiths, Jill and Malcolm Griffiths, Paul Griffiths, Naomi Stevenson and John Hillyard, Dot and Bill Johnson, Hazel Johnson, Joan Lewis, Heather and Michael, Pat Friend, Alastair Griffiths and Emilie, Sian Griffiths and Daniel Griffiths.

Other mourners included: David Jollands, Markus Bond, Maria Dixon, Alan Snapes, Heidi Theaker, John Knightall, John Heald, Janet Avison, Roy and Janet Jex, Simon Clarke, Jo Davies, Liam Metheringham, Kay Metheringham, Helen Sleight, Gerry Martin, Sonia Fox, Ann White, Mrs Gilley, John Fox, John Everett, David Wilson, Penny Jackson, Andy Roberts, Kelly Ford, Dr Fraser-Darling, Miss M. Metheringham, Mrs Robb, David Scott, Angela Ford, Reg Baxter, Anne Miller, Jean Wines, Joyce Metheringham, John Harrison, Paul McCafferty, Violet Martin, Bernard Allen, Carol Blackburn, Bill Blackburn, Mike Eyett, Ben Chatterton, Dave Cox, Merv Cox, Mr Walpole, Peter Taylor, June Taylor, Bill Illingworth, Kath Illingworth, James Pietraszek, Julian McAfee, Mr and Mrs Magan, Rebecca Magan, Tracey Endley, Peter Sleight, John Baigent, Iris Gerard, Helen Giddings, John Norman, Joan Norman, John Hardy Clarke, Graham Wildes, Kate Morgan, Phil Hall, Marsella Bartholomew, Joanne Dickson, Barry Boswell, Hailey Magan, Sol Gilbey, Helen Sumner, Michael Sumner, Mick Barker, Peter Manderfield and Markus Rubesch.

Funeral arrangements were by Co-operative Funeralcare, Bridge End Road, Grantham.

Donations for the Lincolnshire Downs Syndrome Society amount to £300 to date.