Harold Irby Owens

Harold Irby Owens

October 09, 1920 - March 02, 2008

Harold Irby Owens

October 09, 1920 - March 02, 2008


OCT. 9, 1920 – -MARCH 2, 2008

Harold Owens passed away at Regents Point, Irvine, California, on March 2, 2008. Harold and his wife Lee came to Regents Point in July, 2003 from Fairhope, Alabama where they had lived in recent years. Harold was born in Carrollton, Missouri. He was raised on a farm and graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a Masters degree in agriculture. The day after graduation he joined the army as a Field Artillery Officer. His years in the service, along with wounds suffered, led to a life-long interest in the Red Cross. He remained a member of the Army Reserve for 29 years. Harold was awarded a Purple Heart in WWII, and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

His career was in agriculture. He served as County Extension Agent for three counties in Missouri, and then became Executive Secretary of the State Soil Districts of Missouri for seven years. He and Lee then moved to Washington D.C. where Harold worked for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Federal Extension Service, in the area of soil conservation and agronomy. After retirement in 1981 they went to South Africa where he advised the Department of Agriculture of South Africa.

Upon returning from South Africa they resided in Alexandria, Va. where he was a part time staff writer for the Environmental Protection Agency. They later moved to Fairhope, Alabama where he continued writing in his field, publishing a book tracing the history of agricultural practices from 1930 to 1999.

Harold is survived by his wife, Lee, sisters Mary Edith Smith, Marie Moeller and Martha Figg; daughters Christine McLaren and Julianne Owens; grandson Graham Mclaren and great grandchildren Yarrow and Coyote McLaren. His joy in life, family and friends lives on.

Interment will be at the Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California on March 20th at 11:00 AM. Flowers are appreciated, in addition to or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice Care, 220 Commerce, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92602, 1-800-486-6157.

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3 responses to Harold Irby Owens

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Harold.

  2. Although I didn’t know Harold, I have been so moved by the way your family has pulled together to honor his life in the way he would have wanted. Your attention to his needs at the end, the dignity with which you attended him in his passage, your caring for each other…all of this speaks volumes.
    Although I haven’t been around Chris or her family much, I can attest that his playful and loving attitude toward life continues in his daughter Julie.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this mourning time.
    Susan and George Beekman

  3. We will always remember Harold and his kind and gentle spirit. His family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

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