CHILLICOTHE — Illinois Route 29 in Chillicothe has been named in honor of a Navy SEAL from that community killed in action last year.

The roadway was officially designated Tuesday as the Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens Memorial Highway by state lawmakers.

Owens was killed during a raid against al Qaeda in Yemen as a part of SEAL Team Six.

He attended Illinois Valley Central High School, playing baseball and football there.

Owens lived in Virginia at the time of his death, and is survived by his wife, three children and his father.

Four members of his extended family were present as the state House unanimously passed the resolution renaming the roadway Tuesday. It previously had passed the state Senate. The effort was sponsored by Sen. Chuck Weaver and Rep. Ryan Spain.

Signs will be posted later this year to denote the honorary stretch.