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November 27, 1948 ~ March 6, 2022 (age 73)


Obituary of Ralph Randal “Randy” Ownbey

Ralph Randal “Randy” Ownbey was born November 27, 1948 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Ralph Roland Ownbey and Phyllis Louise Rohn Ownbey.  The family moved to Potlatch Idaho in the early 1950’s where Randy was a 12 year student at Potlatch Schools.

During high school Randy met Carol French the love of his life and they were married in July of 1968.  Randy went on to attend University of Idaho where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Concurrently, he earned his commission as 2nd lieutenant in the United States Air Force.  In January of 1973 Randy, Carol and his newborn son Chad moved to Williams Air Force Base for Pilot training. In 1974 Randy and his family moved to Mountain home Idaho where he flew the F-111 out of Mountain Home Air force base.

After his discharge from the Airforce Randy started a long and successful career in the telecommunications industry.  His career took him and his family (which now included his Daughter Jaime) to live in 7 different states and he and Carol lived in 32 homes over the course of their 54 year marriage.  Randy worked for a few years in the autumn of his career as an executive manager in the fish chemical and vaccine business.  In 2008 Randy and Carol returned to his family homestead in Potlatch Idaho and opened a Bed and breakfast.  Randy loved meeting new people who would visit the B&B and spent his days keeping his place in immaculate shape. His greatest love besides his wife Carol was spending time with the numerous dogs they had over the years including his last particularly feisty best friend “Jax”.  Randy was fiercely devoted to his family, his children and grandchildren and to his numerous friends.

He is survived by his Wife Carol Ownbey at his home in Potlatch, His son Chad (Melissa Carpenter) Ownbey of Spokane Valley WA, His Daughter Jaime (Mark) Ledger of Kenmore Washington.  His Grandsons Jacob Ownbey, Samuel Ownbey, Tyler Ledger, Brody Ledger and Christapher Evjen.  He is also survived  by his beloved Silbings Darrel French (Sandy), Larry French (Sandra), and Linda Murray (Joe).

There will be a funeral and graveside service at Freeze community Church on Friday March 11, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. with the United States Air Force and Potlatch Post # 10300 participating,  followed by a reception at the family home- 1276 W Freeze Road, Potlatch ID 83855.  Any memorial contributions to be made to Freeze community cemetery attention:  Crete Davis, 1225 Duffield Flat Rd, Potlatch, ID. 83855

Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family.  Online condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com


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Funeral Service
March 11, 2022

2:00 PM
Freeze Church & Cemetery
W. Freeze Road
Potlatch, ID 83855


Freeze Church
% Crete Davis 1225 Duffield Flat Road, Potlatch ID 83855

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