Theel / Owen

Eugene "Gene" Theel of Kingman passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Gene was born July 17, 1936, in Pipestone, Minn., the son of Bernice Theel and the late Ernest Theel.

Gene entered the Navy after high school in 1954 and was discharged in 1957.

Gene met his wife, Judie, in Minneapolis in May 1958 and they were married on Nov. 9, 1958. They moved to California in 1959. Gene worked for Genuine Parts Distributors until 1983 when he moved to Kingman to open The Bike Shop. He sold the business and officially retired in 1998.

Gene is survived by his wife, Judie; his mother, Bernice of Pipestone, Minn.; three children, Lori (Wes) Anderson of Victorville, Calif., Cheri (Ryan) Grosz of Redlands, Calif., and Dan (Trini) Theel of Kingman. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Jake and Cara Anderson of Victorville, Calif., Lynn Grosz of Redlands, Calif., and C.J., Garett and Tanner Theel of Kingman. He is also survived by four brothers and one sister, Larry (Carol) Theel of Jacumba, Calif., Marilyn (Tom) Mogensen, and Doug Theel of Pipestone, Minn., Bill Theel of Salt Lake City, and Randy (Cozy) Theel of Reno, Nev., as well as many nieces and nephews. All his family and friends will miss him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave. Immediately following the service, a celebration of his life will be held at the home of Dan and Trini Theel.

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Bonnie Deane Jones Owen was born near Tishomingo, Indian Territory, Capital of the Choctaw Nation, which is now the state of Oklahoma, on Nov. 3, 1906. She passed away on Sept. 30, 2006.

She attended rural schools, the last of which was Nickel Hill. She then moved to Bromide where she attended high school through the tenth grade. Then on to Ada to Horace Mann High School where she graduated with a two-year teaching certificate, which started her on a career of teaching which was to last for more than 40 years.

She married Jack Owen in July of 1941. Then along came World War II and Jack joined up and spent the next three and a half years in the European Theater of Operation. When he returned, they moved to Arizona. They lived in Phoenix for a short time and then moved to Peach Springs where she taught school for two years. In 1949 they moved to Kingman where she continued her teaching career at the only grammar school until they built a new school on Hilltop, and Mr. Byram took her up there to teach for the next two-and-a-half years. She retired from teaching in 1967, and then the good people of Kingman elected her to serve as the county school superintendent for the next eight years.

She also served the community as president of the Democratic Women's Organization, appointed the first board for the community college, and was a member of the national, state, and local retired teachers' organizations and served as president of the local unit. She was a past matron of Eastern Star and the Past Matrons Club, a member of the Rebekahs, and University Women. She served a Sunday school superintendent at St. Johns Methodist Church, sang in the choir for many years, and served on various committees, and volunteered at the Mohave Museum from 1973 to 1991. Mrs. Owen received the award for Woman of the Year and then the award as Woman of the Year in Education by Women Making History in 1991.

In the year 2001, Mrs. Owen fell and broke her hip and spent the next five years in The Gardens Care Center in Kingman.

Many of these accomplishments, she owes to the city of Kingman. Thanks! The rest to her many good friends. Many thanks!

Mrs. Owen is survived by her cousins, Joan Jones Wright of California, Betty Jones Sullivan of Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Owen Bennett and Velma Owen of California; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

There was a viewing today with service immediately following at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.