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In Memory of Pat and Al Owings
Pat and Al Owings tragically lost their lives as the result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on November 2, 2017 as they were returning home. We are grateful they left this earth within a week of each other and are dancing together in heaven. While we are deeply saddened by this tragedy, we find comfort knowing they are with our Heavenly Father. Their love story is one we all dream about and sustains us during these sad days.
Berdie Marie “Pat” Owings was born on January 8, 1948 to Anna Delores and James Albert Reese in Furth, Germany and passed away in Tacoma, Washington on November 2, 2017. For almost 30 years, Pat was the glue that held Joint Base Lewis-McChord and I Corps Religious Support Offices together. Pat was known for her love of soldiers, their families and many civilians on base. She is survived by her brother William Reese and her sons Brian (Linda) and Chris (Sara), and grandchildren Drew, Brandon and Emma.
Albert Lewis Owings was born on September 24, 1935 to Leota and Albert Owings Sr. in Tacoma, and passed away in Tacoma, Washington on November 8, 2017. Al served his country in uniform enlisting in the United States Air Force and was a long time Teamster. He is survived by his brother Mike Owings, daughter Patty (Tom) Thompson and son Lee (Lori) Owings and grandchildren Jason, Ashley (Ryan), Casey, Ryan, Sara and Heather and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth and 7 siblings.
Pat and Al were married on February 14, 1992 and created a beautiful blended family. They both loved all of their grandchildren and welcomed everyone into their home. These two people touched so many through their professional and recreational lives. Pat and Al loved to play Bingo and would frequent BJ’s Bingo Hall and the Red Wind Casino. Al loved to golf with his buddies at Lake Spanaway and Lipoma Firs. And, we will never forget Al’s apple pie and potato salad! We will always remember our annual Christmas Eve traditions and Pat as our favorite Mrs. Claus.
We are proud to stand with the Folds of Honor and in lieu of flowers, would like to take donations in Pat and Al's memory to help the Foundation realize its mission of providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled servicemen and women. Your donation will be used efficiently and effectively to help support Folds of Honor scholarship programs.
Making a donation is easy and secure! Just click the Donate button on this page to make a donation that will be credited to the Memory of Pat & Al Owings. Any amount you choose to donate will be greatly appreciated!
About Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 12,o00 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 2,800 in 2016 alone.
Together, we can honor those heroes who stand guard over our freedoms and make a difference in the lives of their families who have sacrificed so much.
The families are grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received since this devastating loss. Our lives are richer and fuller because of these two wonderful individuals and the love they have shared with so many.