Jerome A. Owens


John P. Blaska
Jerome A. Owens
J. M. Blaska
Rose F. Blaska
Elizabeth R Blaska
Jerome L. Blaska
Cyril J. Blaska
Evelyn Owens
Gregory Blaska
Lila Blaska LaBarro
Orvin E. Walsvik
Paul A. Rietbrock
Francis B. Blaska
Bill Ostrowsky, Jr.
Burdette M. Blaska
Laura M. Blaska
Tony Blaschka
Frederich J. Stohl
Jerry Fisher


Jerome A. Owens

    July 18, 1946.  Final rites for Jerome A. "Bob" Owens, 36, Detroit, husband of the former Evelyn Blaska, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Blaska, were held this morning at 10 o'clock at Sacred Hearts church, the Rev. G. A. Haeusler officiating, and burial was in the church cemetery.
    The former Madison insurance man was killed Monday afternoon in the crash of two airplanes near Detroit.

     His partner in an airplane agency, Carl Kremsreiter, 31, Detroit, formerly of Milwaukee, also was killed in the collision of their private plane with a coast guard PBY-5.  Navy officials today opened an inquiry into the collision which occurred about 6 miles northwest of Selfridge field.  The PBY was only slightly damaged and its five occupants escaped harm.
   Owens and Kremsreiter were en-route to Port Huron to buy another plane when their craft clipped the rudder of the PBY which was en-route to its base at Traverse City, Mich.
    Owens is survived by his wife, one daughter, Kay, 3; one son, Robert, 1; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus O. Owens, Madison; two sisters, Mrs. Lawrence T Burdick, of Madison, and Mrs. Leif Lokvam, Kenosha, and one brother, Phillip, of Portage.
    Born in the town of Christiana, Owens lived on a farm there until he came to Madison in 1928 to attend the university.  While a student, he played with dance bands at Madison night clubs.  Following his graduation he was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and later was a salesman for the Ben Anderson Manufacturing Co.  In 1940 he became manager of the insurance department of John C. Hanley and Sons, realtors, Madison.  With that firm, he specialized in casualty insurance.
    An airplane enthusiast, Owens took flying lessons and earned his civilian pilot's wings in Madison.  After outbreak of war, he was a civilian employee of the army and, after studying glider work at Lamesa, Texas, became a glider pilot instructor there.
    When the glider school was closed, he was transferred to a Kansas flying field where he instructed artillery liaison officers in flying small planes.
    In the fall of 1944, he became an airplane instructor for Detroit pub- (remainder lost)

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