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LaVonne Louise Harms Owen
July 20, 1938 – June 17, 2017
LaVonne Owen, 78, passed away peacefully in Monticello, Saturday, June 17, 2017, after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017 at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Wade Reddy. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
LaVonne Louise Harms was born July 20, 1938, at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello, Iowa. She was the daughter of George and Evelyn (Rieken) Harms. LaVonne attended Wayne Township School #4 and graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the class of 1957. She worked as a typist from 1958 to 1960 at Iowa National Insurance Company in Cedar Rapids. From 1960 until 1963 she was employed as a secretary at Concrete Materials and Construction in Cedar Rapids.
LaVonne Harms and Phillip Owen were married on May 19, 1962 at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Lisbon, Iowa where she devoted her time to raising their children. They moved to Monticello in 1986.
LaVonne was a lifelong member of Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. She was baptized August 17, 1938, and confirmed her faith on April 6, 1952. She was involved in the community which included volunteering in the schools and more recently the Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition. She enjoyed going to exercise and socialize at Rhythm of Life at Jones Regional Hospital. She enjoyed traveling, especially to spend time with family and friends. She attended all of the events of her grandchildren that she could. She showed her love for them in many ways, including sending cards, visiting, attending events, and hosting others in her home.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband of fifty-five years, Phil; two children, Janelle (Todd) Jones of Cedar Rapids and Jeff (Kim) Owen of Monticello; six grandchildren, Tyler (Frances) Owen, Bryana (Sam) Hart, Spencer (Morgan) Owen, Chelsea (Brian) Kuhn, Alyssa (Keaton) McFarlan, Sydney Owen; three great-grandchildren, Mason Hart, Eli Owen, Indiana Owen, and another on the way; brothers-in-law, Gerald Owen and Milt Owen; sisters-in-law, Linda Owen and Cheryl Owen, nieces, nephews and many other extended relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law, Ron Owen, sister-in-law Connie Owen; and nephew Stephen Owen.
In her words, “Life was good! I enjoyed many blessings of having lived in the U.S.A. I was especially blessed with a loving husband and two children and their families. I also give thanks and gratitude for family and friends.” A paraphrase of her favorite portion of the Lutheran liturgy spoken after offering was “Lord, I give thanks for what you have first given me – myself, my time on earth, and all the possessions you have given; all these are signs of your endless love.”
She will be greatly missed and will be remembered for her generosity and love for others.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Maquoketa, Iowa, June 21, 2017


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