Donald Robert “D.R.” Owen II, MD
October 24, 1943 – February 26, 2019
Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and physician, Dr. Owen died peacefully on Tuesday morning, February 26, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Owen Tyler and Frank Stiles Owen; wife, Jane Margaret Owen; and grandchildren: Clare Owen, Lily Owen, and Henry Nihsen.
He is survived by wife, Barbara Jean “Jeanie” Owen; son, Donald Robert “Rob” Owen (Erin); daughter, Laurie Sue Owen; and son, Dustin Edward Nihsen (Sarah); sister, Lynne Owen, all of Omaha; sister, Judith Chamberlain of Falls Church, VA; grandchildren: Bailey, Taylor, William and Azlynn Nihsen, and Ava Owen; father-in-law, William Boettger of Shelby, Iowa; and the beloved family cat, Mr. McBurney.
D.R. was a physician for more than forty years. He dedicated his life to caring for his patients, mentoring medical students, and laughing and fishing with family and friends. D.R. woke up every day and found joy. He never (literally) met someone he didn’t like. His family will miss so many things, including his signature start to most conversations: “Here’s the deal.”
A mighty proud Benson High School Bunny, he was inducted into Benson High’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1971. D.R. received the OneWorld “Milagro Award” in 2009 for service to vulnerable children and families.
“Surgeon, teacher, friend” is how a gift to D.R. read from a group of medical students, a perfect summary of his life.
A Celebration of D.R.’s life will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 10:30am at the West Center Chapel. Memorials can be sent to the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation-Alzheimer’s Fund or the Methodist Hospital Foundation.