OTIS E. OWENS Jr. , “Gene” (81), of Ormond Beach, Florida, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Gene was born on November 30, 1937 in Baltimore, Maryland to Otis and Ethel (Forbes) Owens. Otis served our country in the United States Air Force for over 12 years. After two tours of duty, he focused on his career as an Air Traffic Controller. “Gene” navigated thousands of airplanes and passengers safely throughout the skies in Leesberg, Virginia where he managed the busy North East corridor including Washington, D.C., NYC, Boston, and beyond.Gene was an avid fisherman, history buff, a prolific book reader, and a wonderful story teller with a very sharp wit. He loved traveling, antiquing, and especially loved spending time with his beloved wife Joan. Gene was a member of St. Brendan Church, and a Knight of Columbus.Otis is predeceased by his parents, Otis and Ethel (Forbes) Owens, and his brother Richard. His is survived by his loving Wife of 53 years, Joanne Owens, daughter Paula (Owens) Gather, Son-in Law Christian Gather, and Grandson Vaughn Gather. Private services with Full Military Honors will be held for Otis at the discretion of his family.