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October 31, 1924 - July 27, 2015 Robert Frederick Rowe (Bob) passed away peacefully on the evening of July 27. His passing was a surprise, so he will be sorely missed by his friends and neighbors. Bob was the only child of Robert Jarrell Rowe and Fawn Burgess Rowe. Born in Joplin, Missouri on Halloween, Bob became interested in theater and performing at an early age. His family moved to Coffeyville Kansas when Bob was a baby to be close to his grandparents who lived there. Bob started tap dancing as a boy and continued to dance through high school with his childhood friends, Bobby Kuykendall and Emma Jane Staton. In 1944 the family moved to Los Angeles. He attended LA City College enjoying the theater program there. In 1951, Bob heard about auditions being held for a show with Olympic skating champion Sonya Henie. He passed the audition with his skating alone, but when he was asked if he could do the Charleston, and was able to perform the dance on ice, he became an instant favorite. He was asked to teach the dance to the rest of the troupe. Bob went on to tour the country with The Hollywood Ice Review, traveling by train from city to city with performances at Madison Square Garden as a highlight. Returning to Los Angeles, Bob was hired at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as a civilian employee, working there for 27 years. During this time, Bob took over his mother's role as founder of the Mission Bells Jim Beam Bottle Club. He continued to add to their collection and add to his friendships. Bob was always an unfailing gentleman. After retirement, Bob continued his passion as a showman, with his rich baritone voice, joining the Piano Club, performing with other artists at the Musicians Union Los Angeles, right up until he passed. Bob also had a green thumb, specializing in roses. He volunteered at the Huntington Gardens, admiring the beauty there. In 1996 he became an active member of the Los Angeles Garden Club, remaining a member until present day, enjoying many friendships there as well as the gardening talk. He was also a member of the Pacific Rose Society, and the Beverly Hills Garden Club. Bob will be laid to rest next to his father, mother and grandmother at Forest Lawn Hollywood on Aug. 22 at 10am. Bob loved animals, and donated to many animal rescue and rights organizations throughout his life. Contributions to his memory can be made to an animal rescue of your choice.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, 2015
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