Robert Alexander Owens
  • 19 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 13, 1996
  • Place of birth:
    California, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 12, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Iowa, United States
Let the memory of Rob be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rob Owens, 19, born on July 13, 1996 and passed away on July 12, 2016. We will remember him forever. Rob passed away from a car accident, as his twin brother did a little over two years prior. We will mourn his loss for years to come, and cannot believe that such a kind soul has been ripped from us so unfairly. Rob, we will love and miss you forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jenna Davis on 20th August 2016

"Hello Berty-o, what's goin on? hopefully a lot of good things. decided to write this after ken n peter n varsh did.
I can remember the day we met like it was yesterday. We literally ran straight into each other when we were struggling with our first busy week as volunteers at that SF shelter. Little did i know that the guy whose coffee I tipped over would become a brother to me over the next few years. i was always closer with Josh, and I quit the shelter as soon as he died because it reminded me too much of him. Then, of course, you convinced me to start again. To not let it consume my life.
so i'll try to not let this consume my life, like you taught me.
Man, I remember the good ol' days. those video chats with me, you, josh, and varsh. i miss that. I'm sure we all do.
Anyway, I regret drifting so much. I hope you know you mean as much to me now as you did before. that never changed, even though the frequency of our video chats did.
i hate that you guys moved to iowa, and that josh died, and that your parents got a divorce, and that you were left with the responsibility of keeping yoru family together as sam was in surgery, and now you're dead too?! it's ridiculous, man. You deserved a lot better and I'm sorry for not being able to do anything about the shitty situations you remained positive through.
you'll always be a true inspiration to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the laughter and happiness and strength you gave to me, broski numero dos.
Love,
Jen-io"

This tribute was added by Peter Johnson on 20th August 2016

"I'm not eloquent enough to write the kind of goodbye Rob deserves but I'll sure as hell try.
Robbie, from the day I met you you were like a brother to me.
It amazes me how easily we went from life problems to girl problems to bad jokes and how it never felt uncomfortable or awkward to do that.
I never for one second imagined something like this would ever happen even knowing what happened to Josh.
There's nobody I can think of who deserved death less than you do.
I'm just praying that death is a good thing and that's why your up there right now.
Robbie, you were the type of guy who I could joke around with as an equal, be protective of as an older brother figure, yet also look up to as a role model. That's something really special right there, man. You're something really special.
You did a good deed every day. You gave change to every homeless person we ever passed, you helped old and blind people across streets, you chased down a guy who snatched a lady's person on the road.....we all have a lot to learn from you.
Myself especially.
I didn't really get a chance to tell you this but you changed my life. I wasn't gonna head down to college, I was gonna stay on that farm for the rest of my life. You made me start caring about what I wanted to do. You convinced my family to give me a chance. You tutored me in everythng I was struggling with back in high school.
I owe you my future, Robbie.
And the fact that you were better than me (and I know you'd deny it if you were here) never showed in the way you treated me. We were brothers through and through. We were equals.
And someone as kindhearted an intelligent as you treating me like an equal? Man, it gave me hope. And its that very hope that will motivate me every time I'm feeling down.
Robbie, you touched every life you crossed paths with. Every last one of em. And I am honored to have been with you for part of your journey. I am honored to have been one of the people whose lives you changed.
We're all taking it pretty hard, especially V and Liz (thanks btw for introducing me to such incredible people). But we're trying to help each other get through it. We'll succeed, don't worry. Cause we know you're right here with us.
So here's my goodbye to you. To one of the most amazing people I have had the good fortune to get to know. To a strong, inspiring, kindhearted man who deserved nothing less than the best. Well buddy, I hope you're getting the best up there. Nothin we can do if God wants one of his angels back.
Love you, buddy. Rest in peace.
-Pete"

This tribute was added by Varsha Swamy on 20th August 2016

"Rob-
I wasn't going to write anything on here (read: wasn't going to accept that you're actually gone). But it's been over a month, and I was talking with your friends Ken and Peter and we decided it was time we do.
It's been hard, I'm not gonna lie, and I have so much to tell you.
I guess all I can do is hope that you can read this, so here goes.
---
You remember that conversation we had last year? We were talking about how I regretted not recording some of my phone conversations with Josh, because I missed his voice so much. After we commiserated with each other about our regrets, we joked around about recording each other's voices.
"Should I record this conversation just in case, Rob?" I had said, laughing, "Don't you dare die on me."
And you replied, "I promise I won't - wouldn't dream of it, V."
You fucking broke your promise, Rob. And I know it wasn't your fault but part of me can't help but resent you for it.
Because I don't have a recording of you. Because I'll never see you again in this lifetime, and that kills me inside.
God, I miss you so much. I miss your voice that always sounded like home, I miss your hair that would never stay flat, I miss your dimples and I miss your crooked smile. I miss the sound of your laugh, and the sparkle in your blue eyes.
I miss those cheesy statements you'd make all the damn time. I miss our inside jokes and fake arguments. I miss our deep AM talks and our advice sessions.
I just... I miss you.
---
Our journey, Rob... it really was just beginning. But we'll never see how it would have turned out.
We weren't dating for long... didn't have time to. I wish I'd said yes the first time.
But at least we had some time, right? I don't regret becoming close to you. Even though it's super painful now, I don't regret a second of it. I just want to make sure you know that.
Heads up if you're reading this somehow: I'm going to start writing to you in a notebook or something. Keep a lookout, yeah?
---
I don't know if I want to say goodbye to you, Rob. I still don't want to accept that you're gone.
The words "thank you" cannot mean enough, but they'll have to do till I see you again.
Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the jokes. Thank you for listening. Thank you for the advice. Thank you for making me feel like everything would be okay. Thank you for becoming so close to me. Thank you for opening up. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for being salty with me. Thank you for dealing with my (admittedly shallow at times) rants. Thank you for being my rock, and letting me be yours. Thank you for giving me so much comfort and love when I needed it. Thank you for the gifts. Thank you for the happiness and laughter and fun. Thank you for being so trustworthy, so adorable, so kindhearted, and so inspiring. Thank you for being you, and thank you for being such an important part of my life.
I miss and love you so much, and always will.
-V"

This tribute was added by Ken Smith on 20th August 2016

"I can think of nobody else who deserves happiness and peace than this guy. If you can see this Rob--thanks for being a true homie. It still hasn't sunk in yet that you're gone. I'll never forget you, bro. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face and being someone I'm proud to have known and devastated to have lost."

This tribute was added by Liz White on 13th July 2016

"I never got a chance to tell you this, but I liked you. A lot. Still do, and probably always will. You've always been my moral compass, and the person I aspire to be someday. Your compassion knew no bounds, and it's horrifyingly unfair that someone as kind and incredible as you has been taken away from all of us.
I'm sorry I let our friendship be soured by a bit of jealousy on my part. I know I made a big deal about you liking your friend from California... that was a mistake and I regret it so much. I know it was frustrating for you that I was so affected by it, and I can't believe I wasted a few months that we had together being pissy about something as dumb as that. We connected, you know? V and I were going to tell you later. She's an absolutely wonderful girl and I love being friends with her, and I'm glad we got that whole thing resolved. But if I knew our time together as friends was so short, I would have cleared that up earlier. I would have made the most out of what would be my last year with you. A last year of unforgettable, inspiring memories.
Rob, you have taught me so much. You have taught me to be kind, and strong, and understanding, and brave, and happy. You have taught me to be happy and that is something I cannot thank you enough for.
I will miss you for a long, long time. I will cry myself to sleep, thinking of the things I never said or did. I will dream about accidents ripping away the most precious things in my life. I will regret the memories we never made.
But I will never regret the memories we did. I miss you, Rob. Love, Liz."

This tribute was added by Kayla Smith on 13th July 2016

"Rob, thank you for being the brother figure in my life when I needed it. I wish our friendship could have lasted longer. Rest In Peace - you deserve it. Love, Kayla."

This tribute was added by Connor Owens on 13th July 2016

"Rob...what can I say, man? I can't believe you're really gone. When Josh died, you were the one who helped me through it. Now who's going to help me through this? Thank you for being an incredible cousin and rock through everything. I will never forget everything you have done for me... Love, Connor."


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