Calling Hours:
Thursday, January 11, 2024, 4:00-7:00pm
Friday, January 12, 12:00-1:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Randall Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, 416 Liberty St., Jamestown, PA

Funeral Service:
Friday, January 12, 2024, 1:00pm
Loutzenhiser-Randall Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, 416 Liberty St., Jamestown, PA
Rev. Dan Miller, officiating
Pastor of Jamestown United Methodist Church

Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery where Jamestown
Honor Guard will render military honors.

James L. Owens, age 91, of Sherbondy Rd., Greenville passed away Sunday evening, January 7, 2024 in UPMC Passavant, Pittsburgh. He was born in Hadley on November 13, 1932 a son of Leon W. and Jennie C. (Staub) Owens.

He was a 1950 graduate of Penn High School and served his country in the United States Marine Corp., he was discharged in March of 1961. On November 29, 1952 Jim married the former Vera L. Hovis , she survives. He was employed at Greenville Steel Car and Bessemer and Lake Erie R&R for 36 years where he was a brakeman, conductor, dispatcher, and retired as a train master. He was a member of Jamestown Community Fair Board where he served as president, Greene Township Supervisor, and Jamestown School Board where he served as president. Jim enjoyed working in his wood shop and was an avid remote control airplane flyer.

In addition to his wife of 71 years, he is survived by a son, Keith Owens and his wife BettyAnn of Hartstown; a daughter, Jody Fortney of Jamestown; a sister, Phyllis Graham; two grandsons, Tyson Thurber and his wife Jodi, Travis Thurber and his companion Julie; two step grandchildren, Jennifer Major and her husband Ron, Marty Fortney and his wife Danielle; five great grandchildren, PJ, Sophie, Teddy, Carter, and Brady.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Leon Owens, and a son-in-law Ronald Fortney.



  1. Jody L Fortney Jody L Fortney
    January 9, 2024    

    Rest Easy Dad I will miss you everyday As you would say ” I’ll see you when I see you” Love with all my heart Jody

  2. Sall Johnston.. Sall Johnston..
    January 9, 2024    

    This family is loosing a hell of a man, always there no matter what. You all have GREAT memories that will keep him alive in your hearts. Sending Sympathy and Love to all..

  3. Tom & Kim Hyde Tom & Kim Hyde
    January 9, 2024    

    So very sorry for your loss(Keith & Jodi) He will be sadly missed by many.

  4. Nanette & Bill Biery Nanette & Bill Biery
    January 10, 2024    

    Best Great Uncle ever!!!! I will miss that big personality and signature bear hug he gave whenever he saw you! Uncle Jim was a great man with an infectious smile and a kind soul. We are so very sorry Aunt Vera, Jody, Keith and family.

  5. Patricia N Diehl Patricia N Diehl
    January 11, 2024    

    Vera and family, so very sorry for your loss. I was going to go to the funeral home but am just getting over the nasty bug that’s going around.
    May you find peace and comfort knowing that he is with our maker.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 11, 2024    

    Our sincere sympathies to all of Jim’s family. He was a legend in Jamestown & Steadman’s Restaurant. ♥️

  7. Reuben and Nancy Byler Reuben and Nancy Byler
    January 12, 2024    

    Vera and family, so very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed seeing Jim around the community over the years.

  8. Bunmi Bunmi
    January 18, 2024    

    I am deeply sorry for the loss of your family member dear to you, James L. Owen’s. My heartfelt sympathy goes to your entire family during this difficult time. But it is heartwarming to learn that God feels for you and he longs for the time when he will bring back to life your loved ones sleeping in death according to John 5:28,29. Meanwhile, may the God of all comfort be able to comfort your entire family.

  9. Denise Carone Denise Carone
    January 22, 2024    

    A true gentleman with a benevolent soul. He was cut from a original cloth , a man’s man’s dependable, virtuous , always ready to help his family, friends or those in need. I met Jim 40 years ago when I was a kid.
    He was John Wayne in my mind. Truly cut from original cloth, I wonder if they still make that cloth anymore? Jim a fine example of a man, father, husband and friend.
    A life well lived ❤️Sincere heartfelt condolences family and friends.

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