Goff Owen, Jr. passed away on Sunday August 29, 2010 with peace, grace, and dignity after many years' battle with heart disease. Born in Decatur , AL. in 1931 he served in Korea , and holds a BA in Music from Yale, and an MA from University of Minnesota . He and his wife Jean worked for many years as church musicians, she the organist and he the choir director. He also did much tenor solo work in various states where they were residing. Goff spent many years teaching music and German, and enjoyed working as a tutor in his later years. In addition, he was the owner of Goff Owen Associates Insurance in Princeton, NJ. Goff Owen is survived by his beloved wife, Jean Begley Owen of Hamden, and a sister Nancy Runyan of Ashville, AL. He also leaves four cherished children-Sherrill Farkas of Durham, Allison Abbate of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Goff Owen III (Skip) of Ringgold, GA, and John G. Owen of Skillman, NJ, as well as ten grandchildren: Jennifer and Daniel Owen Farkas: Evelyn and Joseph Abbate; Chad, Blake, John and Abigail Owen, and David and Daniel Owen. He also leaves his one-year-old great granddaughter, Lily Owen. He was predeceased by a sister Elaine Mayo. The funeral will be conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 11:00 am at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. Friends may call Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00. Interment in Centerville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to The David Kraehenbuehl Society, c/o Dr. Larry Dissmore, 1111 North Glenstone, Evangel University, Springfield, MO, 65802.

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  1. It sounds like your father touched alot of lives along the way. I am sure he will be missed by friends & family. May god bless you and your family along the way to recovery..

  2. Our Father Who Art in Heaven Hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Now and Forever Amen.

  3. Skip and Family – -our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of loss. David and I would both pray that you feel the arms of Jesus comforting you as those same arms that welcomed your earthly father to the Heavenly Father. We pray also that fond memories would be a source of comfort to you and your family at this time.

  4. The Board of Directors of The David Kraehenbuehl Society, Inc., are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved colleague, Goff Owen. Kraehenbuehl, an American composer, was a teacher of Goff’s at Yale School of Music, and our Society–a tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation–was founded after Kraehenbuehl’s death in 1997 to promote his musical legacy. Over time, Goff commissioned several works from Kraehenbuehl, most notably DRUMFIRE: A CANTATA AGAINST WAR, a setting of a poem by Goff’s father, who was a soldier in World War I. Though this half-hour work has been performed several times, Goff cherished the hope that it might some day be recorded by a fully professional chorus, soloists, and orchestra. Such a recording has been one of the Society’s long-range goals, and now, more than ever, we are dedicated to producing it in Goff’s memory.

  5. We mourn the death of our dear friend of many years. Charles, a pianist, fondly remembers accompanying his fellow student Goff, who had a beautiful tenor voice, in numerous student concerts.

  6. Deeply loved and respected, I will miss my Uncle Goff. My prayers go out to his family and especially Aunt Jean. We are truely sorry for your loss. We will ask the Lord to give you comfort and the peace that .surpasses all understanding.. Love you.

  7. For the past ten years I have been fortunate to have known Goff. He was a man of special gifts. Everytime he interacted with either my staff or myself he had the ability to make us feel extrordinary. His talent, wit and humanity will be greatly missed. I know, he is probably looking down right now — wanting to correct my grammer.

  8. I am taking care of you. Trust Me at all times. Trust me in all circumstances. Trust me with all your heart. When you are weary and everything seems to be going wrong, you can still utter these four words: .I trust You, Jesus.. By doing so, you release matters into My control, and you fall back into the security of My everlsating arms.’ ~Jesus Calling, Sarah Young

  9. I remember my big brother Who bossed, Who built a kayak in the garage, Who loved to sing, Who listened and cared. I will miss him. For Jean and the family,We love you and hope to talk to you soon. Nancy and Doug

  10. Aunt Jean, Sherrill, Skip , Allison and family, I’m thinking of you and praying for you guys. I remember calling Uncle Goffey a few times since my Mom passed. His voice lit up and I knew it made him happy. Just wish I’d done it more. Love you all.

  11. Dear Allison, Evelyn, and Joey, Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you. Your father and grandfather was a real wonderful man who left his legacy with wonderful family. Remember through these very tough days that he will never die- his warmth and love are the legacy that will live forever. Take good care of each other. Love, Pat and Bob

  12. Dear Jean, I was so sorry to see the news of Goff’s passing in Town Topics this week. Although I didn’t know him well, it was always a pleasure to be surrounded by the happy atmosphere in your warm and musical home when I came for piano lessons decades ago. With heartfelt condolences to you and your family, sincerely Ruth Thornton

  13. Our Father Who Art in Heaven Hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Now and Forever Amen.

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