Mr. Harold Ray Rowton, 68, of Okesa died at 2:43 A.M. on Thursday in Bartlesville.
Funeral Services for Mr. Rowton will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday June 1, 2013 in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Anderson of the Word of Truth Fellowship Church officiating. Interment will be in the Pawhuska City Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
Harold Ray Rowton was born to Bob & Linnie (Stemmer) Rowton on September 26, 1944 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of 6 children by several years, and his mama's baby boy. Many were the times the Mrs. Rowton would make the two mile walk to the Okesa school house to line out the teacher that had paddled her little boy.
He left home at age 18 to work in Saudi Arabian Oil fields with his older brother Tom. He was a small town Oklahoma farm boy, whose mother made his shirts out of the beautiful printed flour sacks she picked out at the grocery store. He traveled the world with Tom working, and returned to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to marry and start a family. Ray was a witty and funny man, and adored by many. He had the ability to laugh at himself and find humor in most everything. Like his mother he was an avid reader, and had an abounding curiosity that made him a lifelong learner. He couldn't rest at night until he knew Bill O'Reilly's Word of the Day. If he happened to fall asleep and miss it, someone had better have written it down for him…with correct spelling and definition. The technology era caused him much angst; however after many mangled devices, he brought himself in to the tech age and of this he was very proud.
Mr. Rowton is survived by his son David Scott Rowton and his wife Lashel of Alvin, Texas, by a daughter Rae Lyn Hightower and her husband Jeff Sjoberg of Cromwell, Oklahoma, and by his Fiancé Christine Marcotte of Bartlesville, by 6 grandchildren; Rebecca Lane "Tadpole" Hightower, Brock "John B. Brock", and Bo "Bronco Billy", and by Kendall "Papoosie", Koby " Mr. R", and Krista "Sparkles", by three brothers, Jim Rowton and Russell Rowton, both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Robert Rowton of Ft. Smith Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob & Linnie Rowton, and by a Sister Carolyn Allen, and a brother Tom Rowton.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.