Owen Tovrea, Jr. Obituary

Owen Francis Tovrea, Jr.
Owen Francis Tovrea, Jr.

May 8, 1937 - September 9, 2018
Born in Seattle, Washington
Resided in La Pine, Oregon


It was often said that a novel could be written about the life Owen Tovrea lived. His adventure began on May 8th, 1937 on a Saturday afternoon in Seattle's Waldo General Hospital. Like most adventures, there were many an exciting quest awaiting our dear hero. He sang opera as a young child and then fought for his country by serving in the National Guard and Army Reserves. He fell in love at the age of 19 and married his soulmate, and then fell in love again with the birth of his three children and four grandchildren. There was little that was more important to Owen than family. He worked tirelessly to provide a happy and full life for those he cared for--whether it be a gift of advice on how to bait a hook or a thread of wisdom sewn from his many years of public service and various occupations across the Northwest.

From his time spent commercial fishing and crabbing on the frigid waters of Alaska to fueling fellow Americans at Standard Oil so they could arrive on time for their own adventures, Owen was a melting pot of knowledge. He was strong in his Lutheran faith and often spoke of how he enjoyed being a fisherman and carpenter like Jesus. He is a storyteller, a painter, but first and foremost he is a husband and father.
Adventures never truly end. They are continuous chapters etched with crusades and new beginnings. As Owen's story came to a close on September 9th, 2018, a new one will unfold as he joins his son Donald, his mother Emma, his brother Charles, nephews Mike and Terry, and his beloved grandmother Malene at the gates of Heaven. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon, his children Daniel and Tamara (Rocky), his four grandchildren; Emily (Cooper), Joshua, Rodrigo and Elizabeth, and numerous friends, nieces, nephews, and loved ones.

Owen's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff employed at St. Charles Hospice for allowing Owen to begin his new journey with dignity and grace.
Per Owen's request, there will be no memorial service held.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh




Funeral Home
Baird Memorial Chapel
16468 Finley Butte Rd.
La Pine, OR US 97739


St. Charles Hospice
2275 Doctors Dr, Ste. 3
Bend, OR 97701