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Keystone Heights, FL - Mr. John Smith Rowe, age 81, of Keystone Heights, Florida passed away at his residence, on April 12, 2014. John was born on January 31, 1933 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Hoke Smith Rowe and Theresa Sweitzer Rowe. He graduated in 1950 from Landon High School before attending Jacksonville Junior College (now JU) and joining the United States Army. After proudly serving his country with tours of duty in Germany and France he graduated from the University of Florida in 1957 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. John was employed by at Sperry Rand in Gainesville and retired as general manager after 21 years of dedicated service. He later worked at Biomega as a manufacturing manager and became self-employed in 1981. John was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and instructor for the Power Squadron. He was a charter member of Keystone United Methodist Church and enjoyed boating, camping, genealogy, and working with wood and metal. He is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, John Allen.

John is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy "Dot" Rowe; daughters, Cheryl Allen and Pattye (Kenny) McLean; grandchildren, Tucker and Crystal McLean and great-granddaughter, Vayda, all of Keystone Heights, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Keystone Heights Cemetery with Rev. Dennis White officiating. Arrangements are under the care of JONES-GALLAGHER Funeral Home of Keystone Heights. 352-473-3176.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Keystone United Methodist Church for the Youth Group, P.O. Box 744, Keystone Heights, FL 32656.

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Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation
340 East Walker Drive
Keystone Heights, FL 32656
(352) 473-3176
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2014
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