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Edson M. Rowley Jr.


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Edson M. Rowley Jr. Obituary

JACKSON - Edson M. Rowley, Jr, 69, of Elbert Colorado, finished his life's final race on September 27, 2015 at Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. He was born August 15, 1946 in Hillsdale, MI to Edson M. and Christine (Powers) Rowley, Sr. He married Arleen Gould Toops on June 24, 1989 and she survives. Edson graduated from Parkside High School in Jackson, MI but always considered the Jonesville Community Schools class of 1964 to be his graduating class. He also graduated from Jackson Community College in 1966.

Edson lived in Rives Junction, MI after graduating and worked at Consumers Energy. He moved to Colorado in 1998. He worked for Compuware as a computer programmer analyst.

Edson was passionate about racing cars, bridge and self-published a pictorial coffee table book of the Arches National Park. He also enjoyed visiting any waterfall that he could find as well as visiting schools with his miligold Macaw, Esmerelda.

Surviving besides his wife Arleen, are two sons from a previous marriage to Christine (Bell) Rowley; Edson M. Rowley, III and his girlfriend Rhiannon Austin of Jonesville, MI; Paladin (Sharina) Rowley of Jackson, MI; grandsons Andrew Rowley, Ricky Close and granddaughter Samantha Rowley; sisters Susan (Ronald) Moats of Jackson, MI; Dawn (Roger) Greason of Coleman, WI; Patricia (James) Norman of Jonesville, MI; and one brother, Jerry (Anne) Rowley of Midland, MI; step-sons David and Robert (Ruth)Toops; and step-daughters Betsy D'Amore and Patricia Heady.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Ed's Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Cornerstone Christian Church, 2395 West High Street, Jackson, MI 49203.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pike's Peak Hospice, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Dec. 1, 2015
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