Condolences for Kenneth Gene Ownby


Ken Landis posted on 9/26/21

Too many memories from over 60 years... Rest now dear friend...


Richard Agans posted on 9/14/21

Our deepest sympathy to the family. I have fond memories of our working with National Airlines, Pan Am and Delta. He was a great friend, positive attitude and supportive. Gene will be deeply missed by many of his airline buddies.



Bonnie Bufano posted on 9/14/21

He was a nice man, always smiling. Very pleasant to talk to. I have never seen him get mad. He will be missed. My prayers goes out to his family.


Lisa Wolfe posted on 9/13/21

Mr Ownby was a wonderful, kind and gentle man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Danielle Kauffman posted on 9/13/21

I have many fond memories of Gene, especially when we worked at Washington National Airport (DCA) during the Pan American Airline years. He was one of the most friendly and recognized faces who most often greeted the passengers departing at the Pan Am gates. He was my coworker and became such a good friend to me and many others over the years, right into his retirement. We had fun working hard together but it was really a joy to see him in action as he enjoyed his job with people. He had a natural charm, always a gentleman, compassionate, reliable as he daily greeted and boarded the general public, notable journalists, business people, celebrities, politicians, and all the flight crew and airline staff. He treated everyone with kindness and had a special gift in talking to anyone. His favorite place at the airport was the gates and he did his best work there. You were happy to be working next to him and many regular business, government, news or airline folks would come by to see him, maybe sharing a sports tip or seeking some kind of advice or assistance. He was my friend and hero who helped me get my feet back on the ground after Pan Am folded. We had the best time driving from the West Coast to Virginia with a stop to see his neck of the woods in Tennessee and my first visit to see the Smoky Mountains. Most importantly, I saw that he was a devoted Father for both his son, David and daughter, Lisa. We kept in touch over the years and I saw him as a happy and proud Father when Lisa married Matt and a real proud Grandpa talking about each of his grandchildren's achievements. He loved his family and his Tennessee roots. It was always great to just pick up the phone and catch up or just shoot the breeze. I was lucky to have had one last afternoon to hold his hand and talk with him and his family. I miss my dear friend, and I know he is missed by all that knew him. My deepest condolences to Gene's family.


Trish Tipton Fogarty posted on 9/13/21

Deepest condolences to your family and friends. You were a very special man who impacted many in such positive ways. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.


Elizabeth Munsey posted on 9/11/21

There are so many wonderful memories of Gene that I will aleayd cherish. As my brother- in-law you have been in my life for over 60 years. You and Margaret, Dick and me and our children had so many fun times over the years. I will aleays remembef our last conversstion. You were so happy and ready to join all of your family and friends who have gone on before you. You will certainly be missed here.