1959-2013



Joel D. Owen, 53, of Arcadia, Iowa, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia with Pastor Ben Dose officiating.

Organist for the service will be Rebecca Dose. Congregational hymns will be "Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace." Casket bearers will be Ryan Schurke, Mark Schurke, Jeremy Ehlers, Doug Ehlers, Jason Owen, Tom Thompson, Ryan Thompson and Paul Ehlers. Burial will be at the Arcadia Cemetery.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Joel's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Sept. 6, 1959, at Audubon, Iowa, he was a son of Dudley and Jonell (Reising) Owen. He grew up on his family's farm near Audubon and graduated from Audubon High School 1978. Following high school he graduated from Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City and then earned his bachelor's degree at Northwest Missouri State University. He taught agriculture and FFA at Haliday, N.D., for two years. Joel then earned his master's degree in agriculture education at Northwest Missouri State. He worked for the federal government as an FMHA loan officer before going to work in 1987 for Farmer's Savings Bank in Halbur which later became Westside State Bank.

He was married to Deb Ehlers on May 28, 1994, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia by Pastor Steven Stork. Joel and Deb made their home in Arcadia where he was active in the community. He served on the Arcadia City Council, the Arcadia and Halbur First Responders, and as mayor of Arcadia.

Joel enjoyed fishing, reading, history, watching the Chicago Cubs, and being with his family and friends. He announced many of the Ar-We-Va football and baseball games and was known as the "Voice of the Rockets." He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia.

Joel is survived by his wife, Deb, of Arcadia; three children: Spencer, Marshall and Madison, all at home; his parents, Dudley and Jonell, of rural Audubon; his father-in-law, Wilbert Ehlers, and his wife, Carolyn, of Carroll; two brothers: Kent Owen and his wife, Vicky, of Windside, Neb., and Wesley Owen and his wife, Sheri, of Geneva, Ill.; a sister, Deborah Thompson, and her husband, Rodney, of O'Fallon, Ill.; four sisters-in-law: Diane Schurke and her husband, Mark, of Vail, Iowa, Darlys Berg and her husband, Tom, of Owatonna, Minn., Denise Ragaller and her husband, Mark, of Vail, Iowa, and Donna Schurke and her husband, Darin, of Arcadia, Iowa; two brothers-in-law: Doug Ehlers and his wife, Alison, of Westside, Iowa, and Dwight Ehlers and his wife, Melissa, of Arcadia, Iowa; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joel was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his mother-in-law, Dort Ehlers.