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Our Lord must have needed a gifted, master carpenter because Tyrone “Ty” Owens was called home to Heaven on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the age of 50. Ty was exactly where he wanted to be—surrounded by his loving family in his home that is filled with decades of cherished memories.
To those who were closest to him, Ty was known for his undying love for his family and friends; hilarious sense of humor; brilliant talent at designing and creating exquisite custom homes; and profoundly beautiful and generous heart. He will be deeply missed.
Ty is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Angela—the center of Ty’s universe, love of his life, and lifelong best friend. He is the proud father of Taylor Owens (wife, Brooke Owens), who inherited Ty’s gift for construction, hard work, and witty sense of humor. He is the loving father of Haley Owens (fiancé, Christian Flores), who inherited Ty’s gift of working tirelessly in the pursuit of perfection in her career path of nursing and as a 2LT in the Army National Guard.
A graduate of Knob Noster High School, Ty is also survived by his parents Rodney and Paulette Owens; sister Tonyea Inglis (husband, Kenny), Lane (nephew) and Brianna (niece); and sister Shonda Hackler (partner, Glynn Hays), Shonice (niece) and Sean (nephew). He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Ouita and Harlan Childers; maternal grandparents, Owen Pierson and Doris Wahlberg; and beloved fur babies, Woody and Tank, who surely welcomed him to heaven along with a large, loving pack of Owens’ pups.
A 30+ year resident of Warrensburg, MO, Ty was known for his gift of creating and building beautiful, custom homes—bringing to life the dreams of his clients. Everything created and touched by Ty was pure perfection, as he spent many nights out in his shop crafting the most exquisite, one-of-a-kind cabinets and interior woodwork that turned each home into a masterpiece. It was not “finished” until it was up to Ty’s extremely high standards of perfection. Ty’s family and friends will find solace in passing by each beautiful masterpiece he built throughout the region. Each work of art in the form of his custom-home creations is a not only a testament to his incredible talents, but also to his ability to design a vision and then relentlessly put in the hard work to ensure that each vision would come to life.
There are no adequate words to describe the gift of a person that Ty was to those who knew him and loved him. Someone once said that Ty was the kind of person that inspired other men to “want to be more like Ty.” The strength and depth of Ty’s love for his wife, kids, family, and friends are what inspired those around him—and kept those he loved grounded in this life. He is the rock that kept the waves of uncertainty at bay for those he loved. And even in the toughest of times, Ty’s grounding presence made everything ok—always with a joke to lighten even the darkest of moments. This world will not be the same without him.
Ty’s love of life—and his incredible laugh—illuminated the lives of those around him. When he wasn’t pouring himself into his craft of carpentry and construction, Ty loved spending time with his family and dear friends enjoying the little things in life, such as grilling by the fire pit and enjoying a few beers. He also enjoyed restoring old vehicles and using his talents of taking something from mediocre to pure perfection.
Most of all, Ty loved living in the moment and making memories with those he loved. His beaming grin in photos from his beach trips with his girls and hilarious stories from his fishing trips with his guys in Alaska—capture the essence of the moments in time when Ty was the happiest. No matter the occasion, you could always count on Ty to bring the laughter and hilarious stories. And if he chose to love you as his family or friend, you understood the true meaning of unconditional love.
The memories of his love and laughter will be cherished until we meet Ty again in God’s beautiful Kingdom, which he is likely renovating to perfection in anticipation of the arrival of those he loves. May his beautiful soul rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, Ty’s family asks that you consider making a donation in his memory to the Johnson County Cancer Foundation, who was supportive during his battle with cancer. Make gifts payable to Johnson County Cancer Foundation (JCCF) P.O. Box 169, Warrensburg, MO 64093, or online at https://www.jocomocancer.org/.