Leona Mary Sophia Owens passed away October 7th, 2017 with the loving warmth of her family, at the age of 86. She was born May 5th, 1931 in Wauneta, Nebraska to William Henry Fortkamp and Ada Emma (Petsch) Fortkamp.
She grew up in Wauneta with her sisters Donna and Shirley, she enjoyed singing and making music with her sisters and family, she also had a special knack for playing the harmonica.
Leona was united in marriage with Marvin Dwight Owens on August 1, 1947 in Trenton, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two sons, Richard E. and Thomas L. Owens. As a young woman and mother, she worked on the family farm along with Grandma May, taking care of all the animals and children. As time went on, Marvin's job with the government required several relocations. Leona worked as a licensed beautician in Farmington, New Mexico and Wichita Kansas, always wanting to keep busy and help her family. In 1966 she moved to Canon City, Colorado and later worked as a supervisor for the laundry and housekeeping departments at Bethesda Care Center.
A person never to be idle, Leona and Marvin engaged in greyhound racing, and later lived at and managed a greyhound farm in Penrose, Colorado for several years before retiring. There were many fun times and stories that came from living on the farms, and trips to Las Vegas. Above all, she had a special love for children and cared for many of them throughout her life. Leona was a very kind and selfless person who always treated those around her with much compassion and generosity. She was a fun-loving individual who brought humor and joy to everyone around her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; parents, William and Ada Fortkamp; father and mother-in-law, Sam and May Owens; brother-in-law, James Owens and sister-in-law, Marjorie Koetter.
Left to treasure her memories are her sons, Richard (Pat) Owens, Tom (Louise) Owens, of Canon City; four grandchildren, Shelley (Chris) Snyder, Richard W.(Kristy) Owens, Timothy Owens, Robin (Chad) Bateman; eight great-grandchildren, Kevin (Cassie) Snyder, Aleizja Owens, Nicklas Snyder, Matthew Owens, Dylan Owens, Skyler Owens, Olivia Bateman, Marek Bateman; sisters, Donna Annan, Shirley Yelton; sister-in-law, Carolyn (Bill) Beitler; brothers-in-law, Maynard (Doris) Owens, Don Owens; aunt, Violet; uncle, Martin; cousin, Rolland; numerous cousins and many very special nieces and nephews. Her love and humor will carry on, but she will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral service, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, Wilson Memorial Chapel with interment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery.