Mr. Leonard Owen Ewell, 93, passed away at 4:25 a.m., Sunday, April 17, 2011 while in the company of family members at Lexington Park Nursing Facility, Topeka, Kansas.
Owen was born in Thurman, Iowa on January 30, 1918, the son of Leonard Oren and Clara Emma (Study) Ewell.
Owen attended the Thurman elementary schools and graduated from from Thurman High School, Thurman, Iowa in 1935
Owen attended Monitor Community Church of the Brethren, rural  McPherson, Kansas
Through the years Owen worked  for a grocery store, drove a truck for 10 years, worked at bomb plant in Nebraska during the war, farmed in the Conway area for 15 years, custodian for Lincoln School for 10 years.
Owen was united in marriage to Kathryn Josephine Lynn on May 15, 1942.  Kathryn died on October 26, 2010
Surviving family members include his son, Leonard "Lenny" Ewell and his wife Shirley Ewell of Topeka, Kansas; his daughters, Beverly Totten and her husband Steven of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Clara Ann Thompson of Houston, Texas; his four grandchidlren, Denny Reffner, Kevin Reffner and his wife Stephanie, Brian Reffner and his wife Kathy, and Kimberly Thompson; his his six great-grandchildren, Keith Reffner, Jake  Reffner, Jessica Reffner, Gregory Reffner, Daniel Reffner, and Blake Reffner; five step-great-grandchildren, Elyse Fasano, Nick Fasano, Dorian, Beshears, Colt Besjears, and Austin Beshears; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Owen was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, June Yoder, Freda Keefer, Grace Davison, Vera Tillman, and Doris Schwartz; and his loving wife, Kathryn Ewell.
Memorial service will be held at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd, with Reverend Leslie Frye officiating.
The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas and will be private.
Memorial contributions may be given to American Lung Association or Grace Hospice of Topeka, Kansas and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.