Maurice "Stretch" Owen - age 85, a resident of Braymer, MO passed away Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at North Kansas City Hospital surrounded by family. Stretch was born on April 15th, 1934 in Hawleyville, IA to Hobart and Fern (Steeves) Owen. He was a 1952 graduate of Essex High School, Essex, IA. Following high school, he moved and began working in Kansas City, MO where he met and married Mary Ann DeBolt on May 16th, 1954. They made their home in Braymer, MO in 1957. From 1965 to 1981 he worked for Maynes, Inc. In 1981, he began a career with Shelter Insurance as an agent until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of the Braymer United Methodist Church, Past Master and 50 plus year member of the Braymer Masonic Lodge #135 and a member of the American Legion. Stretch served the United States for 12 years in the Iowa and Missouri National Guard. Some of his many pleasures included hunting with his grandsons, collecting coins, working on clocks and fixing things. He was very good at telling a joke and never forgot one. Stretch especially enjoyed having coffee with friends at the Busy Bee.
Stretch was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lowell and Leonard; sisters, Eleanor, Evelyn and Mary Etta; son, Kenneth R. DeBolt; great-granddaughter, Bentley Silkwood; brother-in-law, John DeBolt; nephews, Harry Owen, Robert and Michael Didericksen. Survivors include: wife, Mary Ann of the home; sons, Marshall (Mica), Marty (Kelly), Mitch (Nancy); brother, David (Ada Lou), sister-in-law Gloria Owen; grandchildren: Miles, Madi, Macartney, Ben, Sami, Gena, Nate, Keely, Katie, Karder and Kenadee; great-grandchildren: Jaiden, Max, Marley, McKenna, Barrett, Camryn, Easton, Tyce, Liam and Aaron. Many nieces, nephews and other extended family members also survive.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Braymer Evergreen Cemetery. The family will host a gathering of family and friends from 2 to 4 PM, Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at the Braymer United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Cremation entrusted to Stith Family Funeral Home, Polo. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com
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