Born November 25, 1941, in Malden, he was the son of the late Buford Owens and Rebecca Joann (Michael) Owens.
Survivors include three sons, Mitch Kitrel and wife, Lori, of St. Louis, Chris Holt and wife, Wendy, of Bernie, and Steven Kitrel of St. Louis; one daughter, JoNell Russo and husband, Paul, of St., Louis; six grandchildren; his father, Buford Owens of Malden, one sister, Nancy Bentley of Jasper, Ala., and one brother, Eugene Kitrel of Miami, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Owens and one brother, Mike Kitrel.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 19, at Landess Funeral Home In Malden. Funeral services were conducted on Friday January 20, in the funeral home chapel with Reverend James Hamlett officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery at Malden. Landess Funeral Home of Malden was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN., 38148-0142.