Gregory Rowe

GREGORY L. ROWE, 90 WARREN - Gregory Lloyd Rowe completed his 90th year of life, leaving us peacefully the same day on September 16, 2013, comforted the last days by his family. Greg was truly an exemplary member of "America's Greatest Generation". He served his Nation with Distinction in World War II as a decorated member of the 87th Infantry "Golden Acorn" Division, spending over 137 days in continuous combat in The Ardennes Campaign and infamous Battle of the Bulge. He came home to serve his community in many ways, but he particularly loved his long service with the Warren Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion, and as a member of the District #205 Board of Education. Greg was born on September 17, 1923, in Warren, Illinois, to Lewis Harper (Bud) Rowe and Mary Ballard Rowe. He sadly lost his mother at the age of 5 years, and he and his younger brother, Jim were raised alone by his father, Bud. He grew up playing all sports possible for Warren and helping on the family dairy farm. After graduation, he initially joined the war effort as a welder on LST landing ships, but quickly joined the Army in 1943. He married the love of his life, Darlene Rose Pierce, of Stockton, Illinois on July 9, 1944, just before shipping out to Europe. After the war, Greg returned home to the family farm, where he and Darlene farmed and raised two boys, Gary and Richard (Rick). One of his proudest accomplishments was that both Gary and Rick graduated from college as Commissioned Officers and went on to serve the Nation in the Air Force (Gary as a pilot and engineer) and Army (Rick as an intelligence officer) during the Vietnam war era. Besides serving the community as noted before, Greg was always a student of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge in particular, not only revisiting battle sites where he fought in Belgium, Luxemburg, France, and Germany, but in later years he wrote a memoir of his experiences for his family and friends, which is also catalogued in the Library of Congress. He also was a major supporter in the development of the Veterans Memorial in Warren that was commemorated on September 27, 2007. Greg is survived by his devoted wife of over 69 years, Darlene, of Warren; son, Gary and Judy (Jillson) Rowe of Madison, Alabama; son, Rick and Judy (McPeek) Rowe of San Clemente, California; Gary and Judy's four children, Cory (Christie) Rowe of Madison, Alabama; Brandi (Aric) Zoesch of Vienna, Virginia; Stephanie (David) Crawford of Louisville, Kentucky; and Ryan (Jessica) Rowe of Madison, Alabama; Rick and Judy's four children, Tabatha Garcia of Sugarland, Texas; Jason (Analisa) Rowe of Round Rock, Texas; Benjamin (Amy) Fox of San Marcos, California, and Rachael (David) Jeffrey of Perth, Australia. In addition, Greg already has 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. On Saturday, September 28, there will be a military honors ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Warren at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Greg's Life at the Warren Methodist Church from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. followed by a brief fellowship time at the church. The family requests no flowers be sent, and any memorials in his honor will be given to the Warren Fire Department and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Published in The Journal-Standard from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2013