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June 11, 2014

Hugh Thomas Owen, M.D.

66; Jeffersonville

Funeral services for Hugh Thomas Owen, M.D. 66, Jeffersonville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Kraft Funeral Service, Charlestown Road Chapel, New Albany, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. He died, departing this life on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his home in Marietta, Ga., surrounded by the love of his life and his children.

 He was born on July 6, 1947 in Buffalo, New York, the only child of Virgil and Jane Owen, and as a young boy moved to Louisville, Ky. There he graduated from Westport High School where he met the love of his life, Barbara Willette.  They were married on June 7, 1969 and had three children. Hugh graduated from Butler University in 1969 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and spent much of his time traveling to Ball State to visit Barbara.  He went on to graduate from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1973.  After several years of medical training, he returned to establish his office of dermatology in Jeffersonville, where he practiced medicine for more than 35 years.

He was a lifelong “golfaholic” still playing almost weekly well into his 60s.  One of the proudest moments of his life, eclipsed only by his wedding and births of his children, was when he caddied for Jack Nicklaus at the inaugural event of Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. He also had an eye for photography, and enjoyed taking golf course and landscape pictures. He and Barbara spent the last 10 years traveling the National Parks of America, hiking glacial mountain tops and painted deserts side-by-side, in between trips to welcome his grandchildren in the loving and goofy way only Hugh could. He invested heavily in friendships, including a deep love for his ever faithful yellow lab, Ralph, who was at his feet for 12 great years.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Willette Owen, Marietta, Ga.; three children, daughters, Michelle Owen, Tucker, a Barbara Owen Benson and her husband, Roger, Tucker, Ga.; and son, Hugh Thomas Owen Jr. and his wife, Stephanie, Boca Raton, Fla.;. and four grandchildren, Josephine, Elliott, Finnian and Virgil (Gus).

Anyone wishing to pay respects or send flowers to Hugh and his family can do so at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, during visitation hours of 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 13.  Visitation will continue after 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

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