Meet Park Ridge Chamber Lifetime Achievement Honoree, John E. "Jack" Owens
John E. “Jack” Owens
John E. “Jack” Owens was born in Chicago on June 6, 1936. Throughout his life, Jack has been known as someone who contributes wherever he can and lives up to the commitments he makes. Jack’s devotion to our community got a strong foundation when he met his lovely wife Cristel 58 years ago on Washington Avenue in Park Ridge. The couple has lived in their home on North Washington for almost 50 years, and four of their five adult children also live in Park Ridge.
Jack received his B. S. in Finance from Loyola University, Chicago and his Juris Doctorate Degree from DePaul University College of Law. Jack was president of the law firm of Owens, Owens & Rinn, Ltd., in Park Ridge, where he worked for 49 years until 2011 when his firm joined the 30-attorney law firm of DiMonte & Lizak, LLC. His legal expertise as well as his unfailing interest in making this “A wonderful place to live and work” has benefitted many.
A 50-year member and a past president of Kiwanis, Jack holds a remarkable perfect attendance record for Kiwanis meetings. He has also served as chair of the interclub committee and of the committee managing the concession stand, safety glo-necklace fundraiser and more at the Maine East July 4 Fireworks. He continues as a regular judge for the Kiwanis July 4 Kiddie Parade, a post he has held for fifty years, and now, his grandchildren attend with him. Not surprisingly, Jack has been the deserving recipient of several awards for participation in activities recognized internationally by the Kiwanis International Foundation.
Like many other leaders, as a youth, Jack was a Boy Scout. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 858 in Chicago, attained the coveted Order of the Arrow and became an Explorer Scout. As an adult, Jack served as a leader for Troop 1 here in Park Ridge and, over the years, as its Finance Chairman and Camp Coordinator.
Jack’s dependable support and wise contributions are as wide-ranging as they are longstanding. He has been a member of the Park Ridge Fine Arts Society for 35 years and has served as its president. He has served on the Advisory Council of the Center of Concern for more than 20 years and as a member of the Park Ridge Senior Services Committee for 30 years, and has provided pro bono legal services for St. Viator in Arlington Heights for 40 years. He was on the board of the Park Ridge YMCA for 10 years, four of which were as chairman. He then served for 22 years on the board of the Leaning Tower YMCA, and again, served as chairman for four of those years. He was a community fund co-chair with Dick Larson, a leader of the 2004 referendum campaign to build a new Park Ridge Library, and was active on the successful 2012 referendum to acquire the Park Ridge Youth Campus, now Prospect Park.
Jack has been a member of St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge for more than 50 years and held key positions of trust, including chair of the Finance Committee for 12 years. Currently, he serves as Communion Minister and Minister of Care at Presence-Resurrection Nursing Home.
Park Ridge in particular and our near-northwest suburban community in general have all been made better by the personal efforts of Jack Owens. People of all ages have experienced his care and wisdom, and the effects of his contributions will be as longstanding as his own tireless efforts have always been.
The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce is proud to award the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jack Owens at the Community Stars Dinner Dance, A Night of Stars, on Saturday, February 21, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. Contact the chamber at 720 Garden Street in Park Ridge; visit www.ParkRidgeChamber.org; or call 847.825.3121.
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