Col. (ret.) Edward Albert Owsley, 91, of Rolla, formerly of Marshall, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at Christ Episcopal Church in Rolla, under the direction of Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment was in Rolla Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Christ Episcopal Church, Phelps Regional Home Care or the charity of choice.
Born March 15, 1913, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Ira Albert Owsley and Julia Ann Barnett Owsley. In 1931, he joined the Missouri National Guard and was called to active duty in 1940. In 1941, he was commissioned second lieutenant of infantry and served in the Far East campaigns during Word War II. During his 26 years of active duty, he attained the rank of colonel and retired at Fort Leonard Wood after serving as chief of staff of that post. Since retirement from the service in 1966, he served 20 years as executive vice president of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and later as an ambassador. He served on the Rolla City Council and as mayor pro tem and state president of AUSA. He was on the board of MRPC, secretary/treasurer of RCDC, adviser to Lambda Chi fraternity and an honorary knight, as well as supporting many other organizations. He was a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church in Rolla.
Survivors include twin daughters, Linda Clift of Rolla and Pat Jordan of Rolla; and four half siblings.