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Darren Lee Owens Obituary


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“Dear Bonnie, Zack, Caitlyn and Roxy, We have been lost for words. Our hearts hurt for your loss of such a wonderful husband and father, and for you...Read More »
1 of 43 | Posted by: Tim, Julie & Nick Gentling - WI

“Bonnie & Family, I have fond memories of working with Darren nearly twenty years ago at Edgewater Power Plant. Darren was always upbeat and...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: Mike Santucci - Akron, OH

“Dear Bonnie and family, My deepest heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved husband and father. My thought and prayers are for you and...Read More »
3 of 43 | Posted by: Vickie Zeigler - Toronto, OH

“Bonnie & Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. It was such a privilege working with Darren. Darren's sense of humor, character...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Dennis Richard - Jackson, MI

“Dear Owens Family, I'm so sorry for your loss! I had the honor of working under Darren while he was at B&V. Darren had such a colorful...Read More »
5 of 43 | Posted by: Kwan Shek - Ann Arbor, MI

“We send our deepest condolences to Darren's family. I had the pleasure of working with Darren and his larger than life peronality. He mentored me in...Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: Steven & Marcia Gronek - Tecumseh, MI

“Dear Owens Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Darren has been an excellent mentor and friend, and I will miss him deeply. ”
7 of 43 | Posted by: Chris Fultz - Canton, MI

“Our deepest sympathy to the Owen Family. We met Darren thru the Bertram family. We knew Darren as a nice person and he will be truly missed by...Read More »
8 of 43 | Posted by: Dan & Sherry Izzo - Orland Park, IL

“Bonnie, Zach,Caitlyn,Audrey, Melissa and Brendan. It is with the deepest sympathy that we send to you our condolences on your loss. Darren passed...Read More »
9 of 43 | Posted by: Curt & Kara Creamer - Brilliant, OH

“My wife Dorothy and I send our condolences to Darren's family. Our prayers and sympathy are with you at this very sad time in your lives. Love in...Read More »
10 of 43 | Posted by: Preston Wegman - Sebring, OH

“Dear Owens Family. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I wanted to express my admiration of Darren’s stories, jokes, laughter, and spirit....Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: Aaron Parker & Family - Novi, MI

“Bonnie, Anne and I are very saddened by Darren's passing. I met Darren through work many years ago when he was Ohio Edison's project manager for...Read More »
12 of 43 | Posted by: John & Anne Kaman - Livonia, MI

“Darren is a person I will never forget. His personality was bigger than life and his technical knowledge was unparalleled. I am so sorry for your...Read More »
13 of 43 | Posted by: Jim Satin - Saline, MI

“Bonnie, Zack and Caitlyn we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If you...Read More »
14 of 43 | Posted by: Kathy and Greg Kolasa - Onsted, MI

“Dear Zac and family: A wonderful man was taken from this world way too soon. We will always treasure our memories of cheering you boys on with your...Read More »
15 of 43 | Posted by: Mark & Carolyn Grider - Onsted, MI

“Deepest sympathies for your loss. ”
16 of 43 | Posted by: Brent Johnson & family - Hilliard, OH

“We were sincerely saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. ”
17 of 43 | Posted by: Gary & Jodi Hess & Family - MI

“Audrey, Melissa and Family; My thoughts are with you all. Darren was a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of him. You are in my prayers. ”
18 of 43 | Posted by: Lisa Mills Leasure - NC

“To the family and friends of Darren: I have only known Darren for about two months now working on the Lake Winds project for Consumers. I always...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Josh Howard - Estherville, IA

“Audrey & Family, So sorry for your loss. Words cannot express our concern for all of you. I keep thinking of Darren and Les planning some big...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: John & Diana Ater - Brilliant, OH

“Bonnie, Zach and Caitlyn. I am so sorry for your loss! Darren meant so much to so many people. He was a great friend, a great mentor, and a man of...Read More »
21 of 43 | Posted by: Mike Harris - Jackson, MI

“To the Owens family: I knew Darren for about 2 years and worked with him on the Wind Project for one. His infectious attitude and generosity made...Read More »
22 of 43 | Posted by: Stacy Cook - harbor springs, MI

“Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. ”
23 of 43 | Posted by: Karen Miller - Adrian, MI

“I was a friend of Darren's in HS. He was a SUPER great guy. So very sorry to hear of his passing and my condolences to his family. God Bless You. ”
24 of 43 | Posted by: Larry Graham - Smithfield, OH

“Darren enjoyed life. I believe that his future grandchildren will miss the chance to meet him and enjoy his laughs and humor that everyone...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: William Crean - Chelsea, MI

“Bonnie and family, so sorry to hear about Darren. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. ”
26 of 43 | Posted by: Kathy Peterson - Brilliant, OH

“I have known Darren for just over three years. In that time I have come to know him as a friend and mentor. He was always engaging, kind, and...Read More »
27 of 43 | Posted by: Keith Welcher - Parma, MI

“Such a profound loss is difficult to accept and impossible to understand in earthly terms. Yet I remember with great joy so many wonderful times with...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: Dave Campbell - Lenexa, KS

“I am proud to have been able to work with Darren and even more proud to have him as a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”
29 of 43 | Posted by: Rex Roberts - Mattoon, IL

“Bonnie, Caitlyn and Zach, I will always remember your husband and dad as someone whom I was so lucky and blessed to have known. He was one of my...Read More »
30 of 43 | Posted by: Julie Kaloustian - Saline, MI

“Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your hasband and your father. I worked with Darren at the Ohio Edison, W.H. Sammis Plant. His...Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Tim Coalmer - East Liverpool , OH

“Darren meant more to me than a professional colleague at Consumers Energy as we worked very closely together in the construction of Lake Winds Energy...Read More »
32 of 43 | Posted by: Dennis Marvin - Holt, MI

“Bonnie and Family, I am so very sorry hearing of the loss of Darren. He and I worked together at Black & Veatch and CEC, I will always remember...Read More »
33 of 43 | Posted by: Clive Francis - Saline, MI

“Dear Bonnie, Zack, Caitlyn, Aunt Audrey, Melissa, and Brennen~ We are so very sorry for the tragic and sudden loss of Darren. Mere words can not...Read More »
34 of 43 | Posted by: Scott and Natalie Teaff - WV

“Dear Owens family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time and always. I worked closely with Darren for three...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Stacy Miles - Jonesville, MI

“Bonnie & Family, Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Bonnie - if it weren't for a few small talks at the...Read More »
36 of 43 | Posted by: Michelle & Danny Young - Onsted, MI

“Bonnie,Zack,Caitlyn, Darren was a close friend with whom we both shared lifes adventures and ham radio. He will be deeply missed. Don ”
37 of 43 | Posted by: Donald Wade - Massillon, OH

“Cait and Owens Family, Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Darren, we have come to know Cait. It is obvious to us that Darren was a...Read More »
38 of 43 | Posted by: Gary Gray Physical Therapy - MI

“Such sorrow in the loss of Darren. Our prayers are with the Owens family whom we love dearly. ”
39 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Cato - Spokane Valley, WA

“Bonnie, Caitlyn and Zach.... So sorry for your loss. I will never forget Darren's engineering logic, infectous smile and his laughter. I met him...Read More »
40 of 43 | Posted by: David K. Bloodsworth - OH

“Bonnie, Zach and Caitlyn our family sends our deepest sympathies to your family. We will never forget the times spent watching the kids play sports....Read More »
41 of 43 | Posted by: Tim & Annette Kelly - Onsted, MI

“My dear sweet Bonnie ~ My prayers are with you and your family. You are always my silent rock when I have needed you, please know I will be yours...Read More »
42 of 43 | Posted by: DeAnne Lewin - Adrian, MI

“Owens family, so sorry for your loss, I met Darren a little over a year ago while working on the Lake Winds project. I admired his character and...Read More »
43 of 43 | Posted by: Matt Hanson - Saint Joseph, IL


DARREN LEE OWENS, age 50 years of Onsted, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was born on May 11, 1962 in Weirton, West Virginia, the son of Leslie and Audrey (Martin) Owens. Darren graduated from Buckeye North High School in Brilliant, Ohio in 1980 and Akron University with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. He married Bonnie Laurie McDonough on November 30, 1985 in Barberton, Ohio at Johnson United Methodist Church. Darren worked all around the world building power generation plants using coal, gas and wind turbines. He worked for Ohio Edison, which later became First Energy, Black and Veatch, and Consumers Energy. His interest and hobbies were just as varied, he enjoyed trap shooting, flying lessons, motorcycles, woodworking, sailing his hobie cat, talking on his amateur radio, travel, and his favorite was watching his children play sports. Darren is survived by his wife, Bonnie, son, Zachary, and fiancée, Leslie Meissner, daughter, Caitlyn, and fiancée, Steven Smith all of Onsted, mother, Audrey Owens, sister, Melissa Owens, nephew, Brendan Bobo, all of Brilliant, Ohio, sister-in-law, Terry (Delmer) Nelson of Norton, Ohio and brothers-in-law, John (Paula) McDonough of Norton, Ohio and Dean (Linda) McDonough of Copley, Ohio, uncle, Gerald (Mary) Owens of Walla Walla Washington and aunt, Dorrine (Merriel) Burkhead of Sebring, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews. Darren was preceded in death by his father. Funeral Services for Darren will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Dunn Chapel, Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Onsted with Pastor Richard Mortimer officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for the Darren L. Owens Scholarship Fund.

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