The Illinois native killed this week during an attack at Ford Hood, Texas had served tours-of-duty in Kuwait and Iraq, and had earned multiple military awards, the U.S. Army disclosed Friday.
U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37, a native of downstate Effingham, was one of four people — including the gunman — killed in the Wednesday attack at the base in central Texas. Sixteen others were wounded.
The Army on Friday officially released the names of the victims, which also included Sgt. Carlos Alberto Lazaney Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and Sgt. Daniel Michael Ferguson of Mulberry, Fla. The shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, had been previously identified.
According to the Army, Owens was a motor transport operator, and had enlisted in June 2004. He was deployed to Iraq from January to December 2005 and to Kuwait from January to December 2010.
He was also a decorated soldier, receiving four Army Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, and several others, including a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
He was promoted to sergeant in March 2007, according to records.
Owens was a newlywed; he had married Billy Owens, of Rolla, Mo., in August 2013, family members told the Sun-Times on Thursday.
His mother-in-law Dorothy Humphrey’s called him “very kind” and always willing to help.
She said Owens will be buried in Lake Spring Cemetery in Missouri, which is where his brother also is buried.