GENTRY Marvin Harrel Ownbey, 85, of Gentry, died Dec. 18, 2019, in Rogers.
He was born on July 28, 1934, in Decatur, to Elzy Lawrence Ownbey and Lida Lanissa Wilmoth Ownbey. He graduated from Gentry High School and received his doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He married Maureen Rita Kimball. He enlisted as an officer in the United States Air Force. He had a bachelor’s degree in business administration and in aeronautical engineering, and a master’s degree in systems management. He worked on the space shuttle and retired with the rank of major. He continued to work as a pilot for the United States Marine Corps and later became a program manager for Parker and Hannifin. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Gentry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Jake.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen Ownbey; three sons, Michael Jenkins of Maui, Hawaii, Michael D. Ownbey of Gentry, and Mark Ownbey and wife Eleanor of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; three daughters, Miriam Noble and husband Bob of Coeur d’Alene, Michelle Engelbrecht and husband Robert of Coeur d’Alene; and Susan Heard and husband Aron of San Clemente, Calif.; five grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Cameron and husband Jim of Dana Point, Calif; and sister-in-law Judi Jones of Idaho.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at Wasson Memorial Chapel, Siloam Springs, with Rev. Keith Harmon officiating. Burial will follow at Falling Springs Cemetery near Decatur. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.