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2/5/2014 8:00:00 AM
Owen E. McVay
Jan. 24, 1924 - Feb. 3, 2014
Owen McVay
Owen McVay

Owen E. McVay, 90, Rochester, died peacefully at 11:52 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Wynnfield Crossing in Rochester surrounded by his family.

Born on Jan. 24, 1924, in Burnettsville, he was the son of the late Lewis and Gladys (Meeker) McVay. On April 26, 1944, in Burnettsville, he married the love of his life, Betty Arlene Easterday, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2002.

Owen was a 1943 Grass Creek High School graduate. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in W.W. II and honorably discharged in 1946.

Owen was a former dairy farmer and was an insurance underwriter, retiring after more than 35 years with MONY Insurance Company. He also bought and sold real estate. Owen attended The Cross in Rochester and was a former member of Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center.

He and his wife Arlene enjoyed traveling and had accomplished visiting every state except for Alaska and Hawaii. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was proud that he was able to take them all to Disney World. He was also a former member of the Kiwanis Club in Rochester and the National Life Insurance Association.

Survivors include his children, Darla Kumler (Robert) of Rochester, Cheryl Whittington of Logansport, and Donna Riddle (Duane) of Rochester; grandchildren, Bonnie Kumler of Logansport, Chuck Kumler of Rochester, Jennifer Rotz (Ben) of Indianapolis, Heath Camp of Logansport, Heather Hawkins (Dale) of Lafayette, Charles Owen Riddle, Andrew Riddle and Jeremiah Riddle all of Rochester; great-grandchildren, Cole, Gage and Cowen Kumler all of Rochester, Abby and Jack Rotz of Indianapolis, Sara and Shelby Hawkins of Lafayette, and Cheyanne, Carley and Jaziah Camp all of Logansport; and former son-in-law, Mike Camp of Logansport.

He was also preceded in death by son Michael L. McVay; daughter Ronda Camp; son-in-law Lee Whittington; brothers Galen, Everett and Kenneth McVay; and sister Lois Scotney.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with Pastor John Branch officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the funeral home.

Burial with military rites will be performed at Royal Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross missions fund. Please sign the online guestbook or share a memory at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: roy norman

I've known Owen for 38 years and he will be sadly missed. In 1974 he sold me the house that I still live in today.

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