Giving Families Comfort When They Need it Most
Experiencing the death of a loved one can elicit many emotions and be a period of great sorrow, pain, and loss. Deciding who to turn to during your time of need to help make final arrangements can be an overwhelming proposition. Thankfully, the Owen Funeral Homes in Louisville and Jeffersontown are here to help you, offering personal guidance and lasting support.
Owen Funeral Homes began as a family-based operation and has followed that path for nearly 80 years. Bird S. Owen, Jr., his wife Edith R. Owen and her mother, Anna G. Roberts, opened the doors to their first funeral home in 1939. The homes are now owned and operated by their son David L. Owen, president and CEO, his sister Linda Owen Miller, vice president, his wife Pam Owen, vice president, and daughter Rachel Barr, director of operations. They are also business partners with Highlands Funeral Home.
The Owen family is very involved with helping the communities it serves, and doing its part to give back.
If a family loses a child who’s a year old or younger, the staff at Owen Funeral Homes will pick up the baby after it’s passed away, prepare the baby, and put it in a preemie casket. They do this all for free. “My dad did this in 1939, and we still do it today in 2018,” David explains. The family can have their child buried at Calvary Cemetery for free in an unmarked grave, or purchase a grave. We care about the families, and we understand,” David says. “My sister had a couple of miscarriages — but my dad had been doing this for many years before that happened.”
For the past 18 years the Jeffersontown location of Owen Funeral Homes has held the Indigent County Contract through the Louisville Metro Council. “Those who don’t have funds for a funeral go through the county coroner’s office to receive approval to have us take care of their needs,” David says. “Once it’s approved we take care of the families and they [the city] pay us. We do 300-400 burials of this type annually.”
David says it’s important to support his community because they’ve supported Owen Funeral Homes for so many years. “That’s just the way Mom and Dad taught us to be — you’ve got to give back,” he says.
The family is compassionate toward all those suffering loss, even the very youngest members of a family. “At the funeral homes we have a little plush seal,” comments Manager Kyle O’Bryan. “On that seal is a life preserver with the family name. When a child is going through a hard time after losing a parent or family member, we give him or her that toy to keep. We want to reach out to everyone.”
For more information about the services available through Owen Funeral Homes, contact them at their location on 5317 Dixie Highway, Louisville at 502.447.2600 or at 9318 Taylorsville Road, Jeffersontown at 502.266.9566.