Owen Wilson

May 17, 1922 - Jan 04, 2020
Age : 97
Columbus, Indiana

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Owen Wilson, 97, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Westport, passed away at 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus. He was born on May 17, 1922 in Bartholomew County, the son of Frank C. and Ida Jane (Romine) Wilson. Owen had been a Westport resident since 1949. Owen worked for Lewellen Manufacturing for 30 years, Arvin Industries for 10 years, and the Ford Plant at North Vernon. He came home after work and farmed in the evenings. Along with crops, he also raised hogs, sheep, and beef cattle. He also enjoyed doing things for others as evidenced by his gardening. Owen would grow extra vegetables and fruits so he would have plenty to give to others. He was a longtime member and former deacon of Sardinia Baptist Church. Owen served in the army with the 534th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in World War II. He was in five major campaigns: Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Rhineland; Southern France; Central Europe. He received the Silver Star, 5 Bronze Stars, and Bronze Arrowhead. His battalion was with the Third Army under General Patton, Fifth in Italy with Clark, and Seventh in France with Patch. He married the love of his life, Carol Ruby Kyle, in Columbus, Indiana on January 11, 1946. He loved his family and Carol's and especially enjoyed being around his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Some of his hobbies included playing horseshoes, hunting mushrooms, fishing, playing the harmonica, and making people laugh with his sense of humor. Owen is survived by his daughter, Beverly (Herb) Behrman of Columbus; his son, Mark Owen (Viv) Wilson of Lexington, Indiana; his brother, Paul Bernard Wilson of Elizabethtown; his grandchildren, Dr. Annette Behrman (husband, Michael Witschke) of San Diego, California and Michael Behrman of Oakland, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, on November 2, 2017. He also was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Amith Wilson, Shirley Wilson, Keith Wilson, and Lorel Wilson; his sisters Louise Davis, Vernice Arnholt, Ivis Reed, and Dolores Macdonald. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport with Rev. Tom Rust officiating. Burial will be at Westport Cemetery with military graveside rites. A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Sardinia Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences can be made to the family at