Gary Owsley, a retired employee of Laclede Electric, was honored with the A.C. Burrows Award by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) at that organization’s annual meeting Oct. 5 in Branson.
The purpose of the award is to recognize directors and employees of electric cooperatives for outstanding service to their cooperative, community and service areas. Those who received the award were selected because of their leadership above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and improve the economic and social conditions in their areas.
Owsley served the Cooperative for 23 years, retiring in July 2013 as manager of operations. Before coming to Laclede Electric, Gary held positions at Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative (13 years) and Southern California Edison (6 years).
Gary showed his leadership by introducing many safety initiatives, including flame retardant clothing, requiring fall restraints while climbing and requiring linemen to achieve certification. He served on the Missouri One Call System board, as an electrical distribution course advisor to Missouri State Technical College and was an AMEC safety accreditation field inspector.
He gave of his time and leadership to Relay for Life, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the cooperative’s employee organization. Gary and his wife, Bev, have been married for 48 years and reside at Mark Twain Lake. They have two daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.