Roger “Glen” Owens, Jr.

Roger “Glen” Owens, Jr.

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Roger Glen Owens, Jr.

Roger “Glen” Owens, Jr. graduated from this world to Heaven on Monday evening, September 4, 2023. He was surrounded by his wife, family, and friends. His transition was quiet and peaceful.

Glen was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Florida on June 20th, 1972, to parents, Betty Adkins-Owens and Roger Glen Owens, Sr. He had two older sisters, Renee and Carmen, and one younger sister, Tiffany. Glen graduated from Pinellas Park High School in 1990. He furthered his education with internships and college courses, as well as worked, including for his father’s paint store and Allstate Insurance Company, as a young adult. Glen later earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Eckerd College in 2007.

Glen retired from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after almost completing 15 years of employment in public service. He was recognized for his dedication, outstanding customer service and strong work ethic. He served as a program analyst on the Transportation team and managed the Transit Benefit Program.

On June 26, 2007, Glen married his now wife of 16 years, Samantha Owens, on St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Glen and Samantha enjoyed trying restaurants, visiting new stores, and traveling, such as to Disney, many cities and beaches in Florida and Virginia, Kentucky, New York, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. Glen and Samantha did not have children of their own, but adopted two wonderful senior cocker spaniels, Archie and Charlotte, in 2019, and loved them with all their hearts. Glen lived with Samantha in their Alexandria, Virginia home.

Glen was a warrior! One aspect of his life that never let up was fighting cancer. In August of 1972, less than two months after his birth, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a malignant cancer of the eyes. After doctors in St. Petersburg were unable to effectively treat the cancer, he was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in December of 1972, where he underwent extensive cancer therapy for a period of two years, resulting in a permanent remission of the retinoblastoma. Throughout his childhood, Glen had scheduled follow-up visits with St. Jude to observe his development and monitor for secondary cancers, a major concern due to the genetic nature of the cancer. Consequently, Glen had several additional bouts of cancer throughout his life, including Leiomyosarcoma, a rare and usually incurable form of cancer. The last bout of aggressive cancer occurred over the past seven years.

Also, Glen had reduced vision resulting from the retinoblastoma, which he easily adapted to thanks to advances in technology and the generous help and patience of others, including teachers, ophthalmologists and organizations for the blind, and most importantly, his family and friends.

Glen is remembered for being a compassionate, humorous family member, friend, and colleague. Glen never met a stranger. Glen had a love for meteorology, which he presented awesome weather reports and “tropical updates.” Glen also enjoyed aviation; although, he could not complete his flight training due to his visual impairment. Glen was curious and had many interests. He loved YouTube and watching documentaries or listening to recordings and podcasts on various topics such as history, NASA and space, commercial planes taking off from Tampa Airport (TPA) – his favorite airport, electronics, cars, and his favorite show, Dragnet. Glen was mechanically inclined; therefore, he was devoted to his electronics. He had a passion for working on computers and cars. Another one of Glen’s passions was cooking, ranging from hot meals to desserts and frozen drinks. Some of Glen’s favorite creations included beef stroganoff, deviled eggs, and four-cheese mac and cheese.

Glen leaves behind his supportive wife, Samantha, father, Roger, and sisters, Renee (Steven) Bland, Carmen (Steve) Haas, and Tiffany Owens. Glen was predeceased by his mother, Betty. Glen also leaves aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, as well as other family members from all sides of his and Samantha’s family and close friends and colleagues.

Please help Glen’s remarkable legacy remain strong as he is remembered for being kind, tenacious, intelligent, gracious, friendly, courageous, loving, and fun.

The family will receive friends at the Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 on Friday, September 15, 2023, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

A Celebration of Glen’s Life will be on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302. Visitation will be from 1:00pm until the time of service at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Glen’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memorial Fund Page:

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Condolence Messages

  1. Travis Privott says:

    My sincere prayers and condolences to the family. Glen was a true warrior, dedicated worker, friend, family man, etc… I could go on and on. One thing for sure, Glen will surely be missed. No more pain or sickness. Until we meet again my friend…

  2. Wanda owens Leonard says:

    Glen was a wonderful nephew I loved to see him whenever he would come to visit.,Glen had wonderful taste he chose you. you are so very special to the Owens family and you will always be a big part of our family never forget if you need anything please call 3212648719 I will be here if you want to get away you are always welcome to my home .praying for you Samantha You will always have Glen in your heart ❤️ God is with Glen and is walking the streets of gold holding Gods hand in no pain and new body.

  3. Angie Ewing says:

    Glen, We met at VA in 2015. I followed your health journey on Facebook and joined your 50th bday party where I met your lovely wife Samantha. You were an inspiration, demonstrating your courage and love in Christ during years of physical hardship. The Lord called you home. You are now filled with peace and joy in heaven with Jesus. Thank you for sharing your love, when you were battling cancer! May God bless Samantha and comfort her. We will see you soon, my friend. In Christ, Angie Ewing

  4. Gloria says:

    Dear Samantha,
    Our heart and prayers are with you Samantha as you navigate your life without your loving Glen. Glen was such an amazing person, kind, upbeat, funny and such an inspiration to others! He was the best person to join our family! He will truly be missed, but he has “graduated” to the loving hands of our lord and has been given the gift, so well deserved, of everlasting life; unencumbered with physical pain and limitations.
    We all wrap our arms around you Samantha, Don, Lena and Glen’s father and Sisters. We know your loss is great and life will not be the same. May God give you the strength you need and walk with you especially during this time. Love, Gloria, Les and Pat

  5. Michael MacLeod says:

    Thank you for your courage and your optimism Glen. You always wore your happiness and cheer loud and proud. You went after the things you wanted without any fear and remorse and taught all of us who knew you there was a better path…even if that path was difficult to traverse.

    Rest easy Glen. You deserve it. If you happen to see April, tell her I still love her,

  6. Dennis Deppen says:

    Glen you left such an amazing impact on all that you touched. Praying for your family and friends. Semper Fi

  7. Amir Paul says:

    I first met Glen in 2010 when I came to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was always great at his job, strived to provide excellent customer service, and had an incredibly positive attitude in an office that was stressful to say the least (COHRS). Glen
    was known as the man who could get things done and was the true definition of someone who knew how to put one foot in front of the other no matter what and do so while exuding positivity.

    My deepest condolences to the Owens family. Glen was really loved here at the VA and he will be both missed and remembered for his “can do” attitude, infinite positivity, and movie start smile that always lit up the room.

  8. Donna Marie says:

    Sending prayers for peace and strength as God keeps you in Love. Although I did not meet Glen in person, I have been inspired by his strength and Love.

  9. Angela Barnes says:

    In your time of loss, condolences to the bereaved family. Glen was kind to many, he will be missed. May the family’s fondest memories of Glen bring peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  10. Victor says:

    I am sorry for your loss, I did not know Glen personally but I knew his battle he was facing and I am sad to hear the news. I am keeping Samantha and his family and friends in my thoughts.

  11. Allen & Kathy Runnels says:

    Samantha, Don, and Lena, and family

    May the Lord be with you and wrap you in comfort and peace during this time.

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