Edward Morgan Owen Sr., 68, a retired director of commercial products for the Rockwell International Corp. and a decorated Navy flyer in World War II, died of an aneurysm Sept. 7 at Arlington Hospital.
Mr. Owen, who lived in Arlington, was born in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of West Virginia in 1935 and was commissioned in the Navy, where he became a pilot.
He served in the Pacific theater during the war. His military decorations include three Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Air Medal. He later was a test pilot at the Patuxent Naval Air Test Center. He left the Navy in 1947 as a captain and continued his flying career as a civilian test pilot.
In 1954, he moved to the Washington area and became a Washington representative of various aviation firms.
In 1967, he joined Rockwell International in Pittsburgh. He was transferred here in 1971 and was the director of commercial products when he retired in 1980.
Mr. Owen was a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and other aviation groups. He also was a member of the Washington Golf and Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth B., of Arlington; a son, Edward M. Jr., of Falls Church, and a brother, George M., of Winston-Salem, N.C.