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Harold Bruce Owens, 72, of Steelton, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill.
Born June 5, 1942 in Clearfield, he was the son of the late Arthur Milton and Gazel Marie Wallace Owens. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ann Winslow Shrubb Owens.
He was a lifetime member and past president (1984) of the Engineers Society of Pennsylvania, and a Patron Life Member of the National Rifle Association of America.Â
Harold graduated from Clearfield Area High School in 1960. He then continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Chicago Technical College in 1967. He was class president.Â While attending college, he was the schoolâ€™s newspaper editor in 1962 and 1963. He was an engineer for the PA Turnpike from which he retired in 2005. Previously he worked for CECO Steel Products, Chicago Engineering Company, and for Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl of Camp Hill.Â
Harold received his nickname â€śMountain Manâ€ť through time spent at his camp â€śHeartâ€™s Easeâ€ť on McGeorge Road. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, cooking, canning, and â€śgirls.â€ť He especially enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.Â
He is survived by his two children, Mark Owens of Ocala, Fla., and Stephanie Gigous of York Springs; two stepsons, Chris Shrubb of Pataskala, Ohio, and Mark Shrubb of Cockeysville, Md.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Arvilla Owens Kelly of Woodland; and several nieces and nephews.Â Â Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Fye; and brothers Henry Owens and J. Edward Owens.Â
Funeral services for Harold Bruce Owens will be held Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, 12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield, with Rev. Kenneth Sherwood officiating. Friends and relatives will be received on Saturday, July 26 from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m., and again on Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held at a future time at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or stop in at the Weedville Hotel and toast your favorite beverage in Haroldâ€™s honor.