Former Peorian, Navy SEAL William ‘Ryan’ Owens honored today at Virginia funeral | Andy Kravetz – Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens was a man who was “as big as his voice and was known by all for his unbridled enthusiasm and positivity,” according to an obituary that ran Thursday in an East Coast newspaper.

Owens, a 1998 graduate of Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe, was killed in combat last month with members of al-Qaida in Yemen, in the Arabian Peninsula. Funeral services were held Friday in Virginia, where he lived.

The obituary ran in the The Virginian Pilot, the largest newspaper near the U.S. Navy facility where Owens, a member of the U.S. Navy SEALS, was stationed.

Source: Former Peorian, Navy SEAL William ‘Ryan’ Owens honored today at Virginia funeral

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