Preacher heeded calling throughout U.S., world
On Sunday, Robert Owen, an Assemblies of God preacher who spent 72 years preaching the Gospel, gave his last sermon.
The topic was heaven, and he preached at First Assembly Church of God in Coraopolis.
“My father went home and died the next day,” said his daughter Christine Van Luven of Harrison City.
Her father's ministry “was a calling that began when my father as a youngster attended church services in a chapel in his hometown of Bedlinog (in Wales), which was organized by his father and his father-in-law,” his daughter added.
“My father began preaching the Gospel to the miners while working in the coal mines in Wales,” she said.
Robert Cynddylan Owen of Penn Township, retired pastor of South Hills Assembly of God in Bethel Park, died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in his home. He was 88.
“It was a calling that would bring him to the United States in 1959, where he followed in the footsteps of his brother David, who was also an Assembly preacher who immigrated to the United States,” said his son-in-law, Carson Van Luven.
His calling took him to Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia in his retirement, Van Luven added.
Born and raised in Bedlinog, South Wales, Mr. Owen was one of nine children in the family of coal miner William Owen and his wife, Sarah Owen.
Like many men in that era, he dropped out of school at 14 to work in the mines.
Upon his arrival in the United States with his young family, Mr. Owen, before being called to the Pittsburgh area in 1973, was pastor of several churches in Oshkosh and Green Bay, Wis.
His grandsons Aaron and Christopher Van Luven recalled the influence their grandfather had on them.
“My grandfather was always ready to listen to anyone who had problems, whether it was in church or at the mall,” said Christopher.
In addition to his wife, Miriam Phillips, whom he married in 1945, and his daughter Christine, Mr. Owens is survived by his sons, Gerald Owen of Lincoln, Neb., and Cledwyn Owen of Wisconsin; a sister, Magdalene Greening of Wales; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
His family has established the Robert C. Owen Memorial Scholarship for the ministry.
A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Calvary Assembly of God, 8653 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin.
Arrangements are by William Snyder Funeral Home, Irwin.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates lose on late Cardinals rally
- Steelers notebook: Polamalu made 1st-time captain; Roethlisberger named for offense
- Steelers formalize practice squad
- Detained Americans plead U.S. for assistance
- President’s Labor Day appearance heavy on politicking
- Steelers receiver Heyward-Bey looks to make most of chance
- Pressure on European Central Bank grows as economic recovery founders
- Democratic gubernatorial nominee in spotlight at Labor Day Parade
- Tuesday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals
- Unlike years past, strength of 2014 Steelers could be offense
- Steelers know fast start could be key to upcoming season