Kenneth A. Rowe, 94, passed away on March 1, 2014 at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Naperville. Ken was born Feb. 5, 1920 in Aurora, Ill.
He attended Beaupre Elementary, Center School, K.D. Waldo Junior High and East Aurora High School. He was member of the Tomcats basketball team during his junior and senior years. He graduated in 1939.
In 1940, Ken married Maxine Horley.
Upon his high school graduation, Ken began an apprenticeship in painting and decorating with his uncle, Harold Elliott. He worked in the trade for 44 years. He was a life member of The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 448 of Aurora, where he served as treasurer, trustee and as a delegate, as well as on various other committees. During his career, he worked for several local contractors, and as a maintenance painter for Mooseheart Child City, from which he retired in 1982. He also was a life member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades in Washington, D.C.
Ken was a member of First Street United Methodist Church, Aurora. He sang in the choir, and also served as a trustee, an usher, and was a member of the building committee
Ken served his country in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
, as a parachute rigger in Naval Aviation at Edenton, N.C. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
He loved fishing, and enjoyed playing softball and baseball. He was an avid bowler, bowling with leagues at St. Paul's Lutheran, Parkside Lanes and the Owls of Valley Bowl.
Ken was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan, and a faithful East Aurora Tomcat fan.
He is survived by three daughters, Donna (Ron) Hatch of Oswego, Betsy Hornyan, of Sycamore and Kristine (Wayne) Millen, of Mechanicsville, Md.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Pearl; his daughter, Betty Sue; his brother, Willard; and his wife, Maxine, to whom he was happily married to for 64 years.
The family will greet visitors from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3 at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park. For directions or online guestbook, visit www.dieterlememorialhome.com.