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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Patriot Guard to honor Sgt. Tim Owens

  • Funeral arrangements have been set for this Saturday for a soldier with Rolla ties who was killed by a gunman in the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting last week.
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  • Funeral arrangements have been set for this Saturday for a soldier with Rolla ties who was killed by a gunman in the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting last week.
    Funeral services will be conducted for U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy W. Owens, 37, originally from Effingham, Ill., at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in the First Baptist Church, 801 N. Cedar St., Rolla. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.
    Interment with full military honors will be in the Lake Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Dixon.
    Owens attended Rolla High School in the mid-1990s. He also met his wife, Billy, in Rolla.
    Owens’s remains are expected to be flown into St. Louis Lambert International Airport Friday, and the Rolla Patriot Guard Riders will provide an escort along Interstate 44 as he is brought to Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home in Dixon Friday afternoon.
    According to Mark Williams, ride captain with the Rolla Patriot Riders, the Riders will then escort Owens’s remains from the funeral home, leaving at approximately 8 a.m. to the church Saturday morning.
    After Owens’s service, the Patriot Guard riders will provide an escort to the Lake Springs Cemetery, where Owens will be buried with his brother, Robert.
    A law enforcement escort also will be provided for all phases of the mission.
    Additionally, Larry “The Flagman” Eckhardt, of Illinois, is seeking volunteers to help line the procession route with flags.
    Volunteers are asked to meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church parking lot on Cedar Street.
    Eckhardt said about 2,380 flags will line the procession route from the church to the edge of town.
    “They only need to dress for the weather. I supply all of the tools,” he told the Daily News.
    Eckhardt is known nationwide for helping with similar tributes to soldiers who have died.
    About Owens
    Owens was one of three soldiers killed by a gunman who opened fire in the 1st Medical Brigade area at the Texas post April 2. The accused gunman, identified as Spc. Ivan Antonio Lopez, also wounded 16 soldiers, before committing suicide.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 15, 2004. He attended basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla., and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood as a motor transport operator (88M).
    Owens was most recently in the 154th Transportation Company in the 49th Movement Control Battalion in the 13th Sustainment Command at Fort Hood. Owens was deployed to Iraq from January to December 2005. Later he served in Kuwait from January to December 2010.
    His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal-Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and four Certificates of Achievement. He also earned the Combat Action Badge and Driver Badge.
    Page 2 of 2 - Owens was married to Billy Lynda Kaye Owens. He has three children, Loredana Veronica Owens, 17; Elizabeth Ann Rowe, 12; and Nathaniel Lane Rowe, 14.
    According to an Associated Press report, Owens was known for counseling fellow soldiers, President Barack Obama said during a visit to Fort Hood Wednesday. Obama said Owens "gave his life walking toward the gunman, trying to calm him down."
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