Julie Owen, 1967-2021


Julie Anne Owen, 53, of Greendale, Ind., passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital, Lawrenceburg, Ind.

She was born Aug. 8, 1967,  in La Porte, Ind., to Timothy Neary and Sylvia Thode.

Julie worked in housekeeping at The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. She was a lifetime member of the Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum, and also a member of Planet Fitness.

Julie enjoyed exercising and particularly loved to hike, dive and cycle. She enjoyed sewing, baking bread, taking road trips and adventuring. Julie loved to serve others, especially her family, for whom she loved doing parties.

On Aug. 1, 1992, in La Porte, she married Thomas Jay Owen, who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Joktan Owen of La Porte, Japheth (Heather) Owen of Burlington, Ky., Isaiah (Hannah) Owen of La Porte, Elijah (Liz) Owen of Valparaiso, Ind., Chloe (Russell) Rivas Palacios of Mesa, Ariz., Rutheva (Takaya) Owen-Konishi of Ikoma, Japan, Hephzibah Owen of La Porte, Naomi Owen of Greendale, and Esther Owen of Greendale; 5 grandchildren, Francis, Lucy, Eliseus, Vivianna and Adonis; mother, Sylvia Thode; siblings, Jennifer (Tim) Neary-Kluska of La Porte, John Neary of La Porte, Joel Neary of Elkhart, Ind., and Thomas Drnek II of La Porte; in-laws, Larry and Mary Owen, Sr., of La Porte; stepmother, Lisbeth Neary of Bedford, Ind.; great-uncle, Don Bowman of La Porte; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Timothy Neary; maternal grandparents, Carl and Kathryn Thode; and paternal grandparents, Charles and Loretta Neary.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at First Church of God, La Porte, with Pastor Jeff Zigler officiating. Visitation will be held at the church Monday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Memorial donations may be made to The Creation Museum and AiG-US Headquarters, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd., Petersburg, Ky. 41080; or La Porte County Right to Life, P.O. Box 9404, Michigan City, Ind. 46361-9404.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

7 Responses to “Julie Owen, 1967-2021”

  1. Jan Boardman

    Jul 30. 2021

    Sylvia, I am so sorry for your loss.

    Reply to this comment
  2. Diane Humphrey

    Jul 30. 2021

    Julie was so pretty just like you! I”m so very sorry for your loss. I pray for God to give you and her family the strength you all need to see you through this grievous time. Knowing she is eternally in God’s loving car will hopefully be of comfort. RIP Julie Neary Qwen

    Reply to this comment
  3. Debra ohime

    Jul 30. 2021

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss ! I was a fourth grade teacher at Indian Trail and I enjoyed several of Julie’s children in my class. Julie was such an active parent and I’m sure she will be missed! So sorry for your loss!

    Reply to this comment
  4. Lisa Hennessy Johnson

    Jul 31. 2021

    Although I didn’t know Julie well, she graduated from LPHS a year ahead of me with my sister and I believe was a swimmer and ran track. She was always so nice and was also a dedicated and helpful participant and supporter in our LaPorte County Right to Life group. God bless her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends as they mourn the loss of this kind soul. He has surely gained another angel, who was a dedicated servant to Him and others on earth.
    God’s blessings and prayers,
    Lisa Hennessy Johnson

    Reply to this comment
  5. Bill & Betty Bertsch

    Jul 31. 2021

    Tom and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Julie passing.
    We pray you feel God’s presence during this difficult time .
    Sincerely, Bill and Betty

    Reply to this comment
  6. Vicki Kimmel Roberts

    Aug 02. 2021

    Sylvia & family,
    So sorry to hear of your daughter’s passing. My heart goes out to you & your family. May God Bless you & help you through this great loss.

    Reply to this comment
  7. Carol McCombs

    Aug 02. 2021

    Sylvia and family. I am so sad for all of you. Julie was a lovely lady and I know her family feels her loss deeply. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    Reply to this comment

Leave a Reply to Vicki Kimmel Roberts