More detail on this person: Mr. Owen Lee Hoskins, age 77, of Madison, Indiana entered this life
on June 5, 1938 in Madison, Indiana. He was the son of the late, Walter Raymond and Ora Frances
Barnes Hoskins. He was a 1956 graduate of Madison High School in Madison, Indiana. He attended
University of Southern California and received a degree as an electrical engineer. Owen Lee was
inducted into the United States Army during the Korean War and served in the Signal Division and
Missile Command. On January 22, 1966 Owen Lee was united in marriage to Nedra Joy Turner in
Pendleton, Indiana. They would be blessed to raise fours sons, Steve, Chris, Donald and Andrew. He
served for the next twenty years, seven months and twelve days and rose to the rank of Captain. He
was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War where he encountered Agent Orange. Owen Lee was
honorably discharged on November 25, 1975 from Fort Gordon, Georgia receiving the National Defense
Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 14th OLC, Silver Star
Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Campaign
Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with X Device. After his service to his
country he began working with the Office of Personnel Management at the Jefferson Proving Ground
serving as Provost Marshal and Director of Law Enforcement and then with the Department of Economic
Social Affairs in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a Special U.S. Marshal. He resided in New Mexico until
2000 and they moved to Bonita Springs, Florida moving back to Madison 11 years ago. In his spare
time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, and being with his grandchildren. Owen Lee was a
member of the Madison VFW Post 1969, Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion, Solomon Lodge No.
1 F. & A.M. in Savannah, Georgia and the Macedonia Baptist Church. Some of Owen Lee's proudest
moments were at Flight School at Fort Wolters, Texas, Kirtland Air Force Base and Hunter Army
Airfield. Owen Lee was a proud Veteran, devoted husband, loving dad and grandpa. Owen Lee died on
Friday, May 6, 2016, at 7:09 p.m. at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana from
exposure to Agent Orange.
A LOVING FAMILY: Owen Lee will be missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Nedra Joy Turner Hoskins of Madison, Indiana; his loving sons, Steve L. Hoskins and his wife, Sherry of Pendleton, Indiana, Chris L. Hoskins and his wife, Petra of Germany, Donald R. Hoskins and his wife, Kirsty of Denver, Colorado, Andrew J. Hoskins and his wife, Carrie of Madison, Indiana; his loving grandchildren, Shay Rothstein (Mac), Shawn Hoskins, Steven Hoskins, Tom Hoskins, Wyatt Hoskins, Chase Hoskins & Megan Hoskins; his adoring great grandson, Owen Max Hoskins; his sisters, Ruth Ann Hoskins Briley- Collins and her husband, Mel of Atlanta, Georgia, Louis Lyons of Madison, Indiana, Pauline D. "Polly" Wehner and her husband, Harlen of Madison, Indiana; his sister in laws, Carol Hoskins of Batesville, Indiana, Jeanette "Jan" Hoskins of Cincinnati, Ohio; his uncle, Ted Hoskins and his wife, Linda of Indianapolis, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Raymond Hoskins and Ora Frances Barnes Hoskins, his brothers, Donald Russell Hoskins, MIA on April 26, 1972, and Walter Nelson Hoskins died November 6, 2005.
FUNERAL CEREMONY: Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana.
VISITATION: Friends may call Sunday from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana.
FULL MILITARY HONORS: Full military honors will be presented by the Ceremonial Unit from Fort Knox and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.
MEMORIAL EXPRESSIONS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church or Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Cards are available at the funeral home and the cemetery chapel.
Note: Thank you to Karen Phillips for her help in creating this memorial honoring Captain Owen Lee Hoskins.
Burial: Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
Burial information: Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, IN
This information was last updated 05/18/2016
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