Dr. Ken Owen, 78, of Paducah, passed away to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 at his residence. Owen was born to Harvin and Clydie Owen at 5 a.m. Jan. 16, 1943, in Paducah. Owen became a leading educator both in the United States and abroad. He was challenged to do something with his life by his brother, Hugh B. Owen, an international representative for AFL-CIO, deceased. He attended and graduated from Georgetown College, Murray State University with a master’s degree in secondary education, and received his PhD from the University of Romania. His maternal grandparents were Hiarm and Liza Bean of the Reidland community and his paternal grandparents were R.H. and Lula Mae Outland Owen of Murray, Kentucky. His step-grandmother was Frozenia Stewart Owen of Murray, Kentucky. His great great-paternal grandparents were Dick and Fanny Owen, who were Romanian immigrants and lived and farmed in Murray, Kentucky. Ken is survived by his cousin, T.P. Sams.