Raymond Frederick Owens, 75, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Fulton, Texas on November 26, 2020. Ray was born on April 8, 1945 to Robert Raymond Owens and Audrey Casterline Owens in Fulton, Texas at his grandparent’s home.
Ray graduated from Aransas County High School in 1963. He graduated from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas in 1967 with a BBA. He worked his way through college as a lifeguard on the Fulton and Rockport beaches and as a fireman with the Kingsville Fire Department. He served in the National Guard after college.
Following graduation, he worked for the IRS in Houston. Ray preferred to be outdoors, and went to work as a mud engineer for Magabar. Later, he decided to become an independent mud engineer. Throughout his career, he worked across the United States as well as in Iran.
Ray loved the outdoors. As a teenager and college student, he worked as a duck hunting guide at Port Bay Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting ducks around Rockport and on St. Joseph Island with his dad and cousins, Cecil (Cas) Casterline and Michael Casterline. He got his pilot's license in college and enjoyed flying with his father on the weekends. In retirement, Ray took up outdoor photography, especially around Aransas County. He loved sharing his knowledge of Texas history with family and friends and was a member of the Aransas County Historical Society.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents Audrey and Raymond Owens. He is survived by his sister, Rennie Knipling and her husband, Richard; his nephew Brian Knipling and wife Keely; great niece, Reagan Knipling, and great nephew, Jack Knipling; all of Richmond, Texas. He is also survived by many cousins.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Rockport Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Rockport Cemetery Association.
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