Harold B. Rowe Jr. (1928 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE – Harold B. Rowe, Jr., 83 years old, of Independence, died on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, in peace after bravely fighting A.L.S. He was born on Dec. 9, 1928, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Harold Baker and Ruth Elizabeth (Kessler) Rowe, Sr. He graduated from high school in Oak Park and then earned a B.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry at Iowa State University in Ames. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On May 14, 1955, he and the former Joanne Lois Stoll were married in Oak Park, Ill. They farmed near Independence, until retiring. Mr. Rowe was a member of Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence. Visiting with his family was always important. Mr. Rowe enjoyed camping and traveling, and visited all 50 states in the process. He also was a Green Bay Packer and Iowa State Cyclone fan.
Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne, and three sons, Hal (Debbie) Rowe of Spokane, Wash., Ken Rowe of Edina, Minn., and David (Trang) Rowe of Cedar Rapids. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Rachelle, Eric, Madeleine and Graham, and two sisters, Lois Petre of Louisville, Colo., and Nancy Haimbaugh of Sedona, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence, with Rev. Bob Solon officiating. Burial was in Wilson Cemetery in Independence. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the White Funeral Home in Independence. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 23 to Mar. 9, 2012
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