James "Jim" Rowe, 90, of Dyberry Twp., died Tuesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. He was married to the former Louise Reafler, who was his devoted and loving wife for 64 years.
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Born Feb. 14, 1923, he was the son of the late Jacob and Carrie (Rickard) Rowe. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 and was stationed in France. After returning from the service, he worked at Uncle Chester Rickard's farm in Cherry Ridge until he gained employment with the PP&L. He worked for PP&L for 38 years and retired as an area foreman from Honesdale in 1986.
Throughout his life, he played second base on the Cherry Ridge baseball team of the Delaware Valley League, and as an adult he also played and coached softball in the Wayne County Softball League. He was proud to coach the team that broke the Hessling softball team's 99-game win streak. Jim was involved in youth athletics, coached his sons' Little League and teener league teams, and was highly regarded as a great sportsman. In 1999, he was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Grange. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, gardening and tinkering around his property. Jim had a very outgoing personality, a great sense of humor and cared for everyone he met. He was devoted to and loved his family and he will be greatly missed by all.
Also surviving are sons, Charles and wife, Ann, Califon, N.J.; and Ronald and wife, Rebecca, Honesdale; a daughter, Patricia Wilson and husband, Timothy, Cincinnati; five grandchildren, David Wilson, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Katherine Guggenbiller and husband, Christopher, Vandalia, Ohio; Carrie Diekmann and husband, Henry, Phoenix; Robert Rowe, Bridgewater, N.J.; and Jamie Brown and husband, Steven, Honesdale; four great-grandchildren, Grace, Paige, Sophie and Andrew Guggenbiller; two brothers, Robert and wife, Madeline; and Joseph and wife, Katie; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Wulff; and brothers, William and Edward Rowe.
The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St., Honesdale, by the Rev. William Rushik. Interment, East Dyberry Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or Honesdale Friends of High School Basketball, c/o Wayne Bank, P.O. Box 269, Honesdale, PA 18431. Condolences: www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on July 11, 2013
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