Owen was born October 16, 1944, to Paul and Burdell Freese Boedeker in Wheatland. He attended and graduated from Wheatland High School. Owen married Judy Casad on June 19, 1965, at St. Paul’s in Wheatland.
Owen began working at Wheatland Auto Body in 1964 for his future father-in-law, and in 1985 he and Judy purchased the family business.
Owen was a member of St. Paul’s UCC, a Lion’s Club member, and had served on the city council and was a former mayor of Wheatland.
He enjoyed NASCAR, watching the Cubs and Hawkeyes, camping, golfing, working on old cars and tractors, and doing things with his grandkids and great grandkids. Owen also liked to travel, going to Branson and watching the shows.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; a daughter, Keri (Terry) Matzen, of Wheatland; a son, Doug (Glenda), of Wheatland; four grandchildren, Alex and Tyler Matzen, Michael (Megan) Gray, and Rebecca (Chris) Benischek; four great-grandchildren, Lance, Olivia and Logan Gray and Emerson Benischek; siblings, Orville (Janet) Boedeker, of Wheatland, Orland Boedeker, of Toronto, LuAnna Holdorf, of Davenport, Larry (Sharon) Boedeker, of Calamus, Laverne (Joyce) Boedeker, of Calamus, and Lucille (Tom) Oseland, of Manistee, Michigan; and three sisters-in-law, Jane Bentrott, Janet Oberg and Neva Casad.
Owen was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Glen and Delora Casad; a brother-in-law Max Casad; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memories and condolences may be shared at chapmanfh.com.