Martin “Marty” Ervin Owens, II

January 1, 1942 - April 8, 2022

Martin “Marty” Ervin Owens, II, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022 in Fort Myers, FL. Marty was born January 1, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Martin E. and Eunice L. Owens, joining his two older siblings, Carole A. and Harley R. Owens. The family made their home in the small community of Peoga, Indiana, where the family was active in the community.

Marty graduated from Trafalgar High School in 1960, where he was very active in sports, and along with his older brother, Harley, was known around the area as a basketball phenomenon. He joined and served in the United States Air Force after high school, during which he was stationed for a time in Anchorage, AK during the 1964 Great Alaskan Good Friday earthquake. Marty attended both Idaho State University and Anderson (College) University, where he learned about civil engineering and continued to play basketball, his favorite sport.

Marty relocated to Ft. Myers, FL in 1968, after receiving a job transfer opportunity with the civil engineering firm where he was happily employed. He met the love of his life in Ft. Myers, Linda Ruth Wiltshire. Linda and Marty were married on November 25, 1970, and were blessed with one daughter, Kelly. He was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, and also a member of the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1985, an honor bestowed on Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service. He enjoyed watching basketball and football, and spending time with family and friends– especially with his beloved granddaughter, Olivia.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Kelly Maureen Taylor, son-in-law, Kevin and adored granddaughter, Olivia Grace Taylor of Fort Myers; sister-in-law, Catherine Wiltshire of Fort Myers; nieces, Lindsay and Laney Palmquist of Ft. Myers; Nancy L. Mercer (Kyle) & Melissa A. Keeland (Kleat) of Houston; nephew, Richard Owens (Patti) of Bargersville; niece, Angela Heagy (Doug) of Jamestown; as well as several great nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

He was preceded in passing by his wife, Linda R. Owens on January 11, 2022; as well as his parents, sister and brother. 

A combined celebration of life for Marty and Linda will be held at a future time; details will be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Martin Ervin Owens, II  are suggested and greatly appreciated to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Fort Myers is entrusted with final care.

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  1. Jerry Lockhart Apr 14, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Marty was my good friend for 12 years of schooling. We were basketball co-captains our Senior year. I spent several nights at his home growing up and he frequented our home likewise. I’m very thankful to have re-connected with Marty recentlyand am assured by. his testimony of faith in Christ that I’ll see him in the Lord’s eternal glory.

  2. Evelyn Taylor Apr 14, 2022 at 11:56 am

    We were so fortunate to have him in the family for a short time. Both Mary and Linda were loving parents and grandparents.

  3. Curt Quinlan Apr 14, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    With disappointment I acknowledge the passing of Marty Owens. He and I had spoken by phone sometime ago at which time he professed his continued interest in playing “barnyard pool” aka golf. Rest in peace my friend.

  4. Nina Wolfarth Apr 17, 2022 at 1:49 am

    So sad to hear of Marty’s passing. He, Linda and Kelly were a very important part of Wayne, Emily and Quinton’s early days in Ft Myers and St Michael’s. So many memories of euchre games and St Michael’s school. Condolences and prayers to Kelly and Catherine’s families.

  5. Kathy warren Apr 17, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Marty was a good friend and always made me laugh I wil miss him greatly what happened to him

  6. Terry Dailey Apr 17, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    My condolences
    His sharp wit will be missed…

  7. Larry Hooper Apr 19, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Kelly
    I’m so sorry that you have to endure the two greatest losses a person will have and so close together. I enjoyed making MANY happy memories with your dad. We worked together for years and ate “tons” of Sonny,s BBQ lunches too! He was always willing to help, instruct and educate those whom he mentored (me). He will be greatly missed. God rest his soul through out the ages.

  8. Sally McNeely Sturgell Apr 20, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Thoughtful classmate and good friend. Marty was so happy in his life in Florida.

  9. Jodi Apr 20, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Rest in peace my dear friend. We meet on Facebook an talked about our grandkids an kids. You were a great friend and always made me laugh. I will miss your humor an friendship. Rest in peace Marty

  10. Rosemary Stormer Apr 22, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Your dad I shared a so lot of laughs. He was a great guy to work with.

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