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Friday, May 12, 2017

Stuart Russell Owlett of New Port Richey, Florida, Formerly Keenyville, PA

Stuart Russell Owlett

Stuart Russell Owlett of New Port Richey, Florida passed away on May 10, 2017 at age 88. 

 Mr. Owlett was born on May 14, 1928 and spent the first 50 years of his life in Tioga County, Pa. 

He and his father Ben owned and operated Owlett’s General Store in Keeneyville. It was the hub of commerce in rural Middlebury Township. The store originally sold everything from groceries to boots and wall paper. 

 In later years when Mr. Owlett was the sole owner it became a busy super market attracting customers from Wellsboro to Elkland. Mr. Owlett and Betty, his wife of 70 years, retired to Florida in 1980 where they both embarked on a 35 year plus career as mutual cashiers at Tampa Bay Downs race track. 

In their spare time, Stuart and Betty were tireless travelers, visiting nearly every country in the world. Their journeys to exotic places like Africa, the old Soviet Union, Australia, and the Far East were certainly a long way from Keeneyville, Pa. Mr. Owlett took particular pleasure in sharing his travel experiences with civic groups and school classes. 

A member of the Shortsville Baptist Church and Suncoast Baptist church, Mr. Owlett is survived by his wife Betty Peake Owlett, two children and their spouses --Cheryl Owlett Ross and husband Steve and David Owlett and his wife Betty. Mr. Owlett had four grandchildren--Todd Hanville, Kim Hanville Ford, Matthew Hanville, and Jaimee Stansell. There are also nine great grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. In addition, Mr. Owlett is survived by sister, Judy Cruttenden and brother Lynn Owlett. 

The services for Stuart Owlett will be held at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, on Monday May 15 at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Jeremy Stansell officiating. Visitation will be held from 12-2 PM, prior to the service. 

The family is requesting that any gifts or memorials be made to Middlebury Union Cemetery Association Endowment Fund c/o Michelle Kearse, 462 Locey Creek Rd., Middlebury Center, PA 16935. 

To share your fondest memories and sign Stuart’s guestbook, visit

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