KSP Major (ret.) London T. “Sonny” Owen, 88, of Morehead, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Life Care Center in Morehead.
Born December 25, 1932, in San Diego, California, he was a son of the late John W. Owen and Mylidia Burrows Owen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John L. Owen; a daughter, Valli Renee Nubert; and a brother, Douglas Owen.
Sonny is survived by his wife 58 years, Geraldine Madden Owen; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kelli Owen; two sisters, Linda Hinton and Leslie Allen, both of Louisville; three grandchildren, Madison Owen of Ashland, Madden and Kaimon Owen of Morehead; and two great grandchildren.
Sonny’s career with the Kentucky State Police was distinguished by not only his years of service, but by the multiple promotions and positions he held throughout his career. Sonny started with the Kentucky State Police as a Trooper in 1957 and was assigned to the Hazard post. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1973 and served as the Commander of the Morehead post for about ten years. Sonny was then appointed to the rank of Major and served as the East Troop Commander until he retired in 1987.
After Sonny retired from the state police, he worked Court Security and served as the Police Chief for the City of Morehead. Sonny loved working and being outside and also spent many hours working on his farm in Fleming County.
Sonny always had a smile on his face and enjoyed fishing, boating and camping with his wife and their friends. He and Geraldine spent many winters in Florida near Lake Okeechobee. He loved telling stories about the State Police and his camping trips, but nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his grandchildren. Sonny loved watching his grandsons play basketball and he looked forward to the weekends when they would spend the night. He also loved animals and feeding his birds. Sonny recently shared with his wife that he had been talking with the Lord and that he was saved.
Sonny was a member of the Morehead Masonic Lodge Post 654 and the OLEIKA Shrine Club.
Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Pastor Matt Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery. Final rites will be presented by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard at gravesite.
Pallbearers will be members of OLEIKA Shrine Club and honorary pallbearers will be Kentucky State Police.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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