Owen Andrew Knies Hitch

Owen Andrew Knies Hitch, age 2 years 10 months, died on April 26, 2022, in his parents’ arms at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. Owen was born on June 15, 2019, at Norfolk General Hospital to parents Ryan Hitch and Jennifer Knies. Owen spent the first 8 months of his life battling congenital heart disease and then had two wonderful years at home with his family before an illness combined with heart complications took his life. His infectious joy for life touched many friends and neighbors. He liked throwing balls, watching trucks, reading books, listening to music, and dancing with his sisters. Owen is survived by his parents, sisters Evelyn and Charlotte, grandparents Art and Karen Hitch, Leonard and Laurie Knies, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family is hosting a memorial service on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 AM at Hilton Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his honor to Ronald McDonald House Charities ( or the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.  Floral arrangements may be delivered to Hilton Presbyterian Church, 34 Main St., Newport News, VA 23601.

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  1. Debra Sheridan

    Hitch Family,
    We know that there are no words that can express the pain you are going through. The love and joy that Owen brought everyone will never be forgotten.
    I pray you have peace in your heart.
    Tim and I made a donation to the RMH in Philly.
    Love to all of you,
    Tim and Debbie Sheridan

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