Owen Albert Ehren, 83

Owen A. Ehren, 83, a resident of Ventura, Calif. for over 40 years, died peacefully at 83 on Sept. 6, 2012. After suffering a decline of health the last two and a half years, and losing his wife Mary Jane 18 months ago, his death came quietly under hospice care. He lived his last two years of life at Moran Manor.

Born in the village of Kohler on July 2, 1929, he grew up in a quaint company town where everyone seemed to know everyone else. He was the oldest son of a family of five children of Gertrude and Albert Ehren. After graduating from Kohler High School, he enlisted in the Navy. Little did he know this would be the beginning of a 23-year military career that would take him to the Air National Guard and then to the Air Force. His tours included post-war Japan, Illinois, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., the North Korean-South Korean border, the last nuclear tests in the Pacific, and finally Vandenberg Air Force Base. His career evolved from basic radar to work with the Pentagon in intercontinental missiles to tracking deep-space satellites. He retired a major, and then went on to work in defense-related professions with Grumman Aircraft and Computer Sciences Corporation.

The more personal part of his life embraced his family, who grew up all over our country. He was an active member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church for many years. He is survived by his son Lawrence G. Ehren of Overland Park, Kan., and his daughters Diane Ehren Kipping of Liberty, Mo. and Janice Ehren Olver of Somis, Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane, and his daughters Susan Ehren Pappas and Ann Ehren Splawn. His living siblings include Vivian Ehren of Milwaukee, Catherine Ehren of Sheboygan and Lawrence P. Ehren of West Bend. He has 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A man of many facets, he mellowed over the years with a great heart for his wife and children. He enjoyed our National Parks, computers, electronics, finance and good spy novels. His life will continue to touch the lives of those with whom he shared it.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in his memory on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3173 Telegraph Avenue in Ventura. A reception will follow. A family internment will occur at 2 p.m. later that day at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo, Calif., with military honors and bagpipes.

As he served and loved with dedication, may he rest with our loving God embraced by peace and faithful care.