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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Nixon orders flags to half-staff for Sgt. Tim Owens

  • Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff Saturday, April 12, to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37, formerly of Rolla.
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  • Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff Saturday, April 12, to honor the bravery and sacrifice of Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37, formerly of Rolla.
    Owens was a soldier in the U.S. Army serving at Fort Hood, Texas. He died from wounds sustained during an April 2 shooting incident on the Army post.
    In addition, Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Phelps County be flown at half-staff from April 13-18.
    “Accounts of what happened at Fort Hood say that Sgt. Owens and others courageously tried to stop the shootings, and I ask all Missourians to remember his sacrifice when they see the lowered flags,” Nixon said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.”
    Owens’s body will be transported from St. Louis to the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home in Dixon Friday afternoon.
    A convoy led by the Rolla Patriot Guard Riders and law enforcement will escort his body, which is expected to arrive in Phelps County at approximately 3:15-3:45 p.m. Friday.
    His body will then be transported from the Dixon funeral home to the First Baptist Church, 801 N. Cedar St., Rolla, with a visitation set for 10 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will be in Lane Springs Cemetery.
    According to the Rolla Police Department, the funeral procession after the service will travel North on Cedar Street to 10th Street, then east on 10th Street to Forum Drive, south on Forum Drive/ Pine Tree Road to Highway 72 and then east on Highway 72 toward Lake Springs.
    Law enforcement will be at all major intersections.
    The RPD stated that citizens are welcome to pay their respects along the route but to stay on public property and sidewalks unless permission is given to be elsewhere. People should stay off the streets.

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