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Gerald F. Rowe

1946 - 2017
Gerald F. Rowe Obituary
Gerald F. Rowe

Jerry Rowe, 70, of Edmonds WA passed away following a long battle with Bladder Cancer on May 26, 2017. He was born December 19, 1946 to Clarence and Nora Rowe in Seattle.

Jerry graduated Ingraham High School and Edison Tech's 4-year Machinist Apprenticeship at Seattle Central College. He also completed 2 years at Shoreline Community College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington March 1976. Jerry held a Life membership in the Alumni Association University of Washington.

Jerry retired from The Part Works a wholesale plumbing company after nearly 20 years in outside sales. He considered many of his customers his friend as he helped them keep many of the downtown high-rise buildings in good plumbing repair as they exchanged hunting stories. Jerry also worked several years at Fred Meyers, Harbor Machine in Kodiak, AK and a Hunting Club in Eastern Washington.

He began his working career as a teenager sweeping up at his Grandfather's business in Ballard known as Rowe Machine Works. Rowe hydraulic anchor winches and Rowe trawling winches are still being used in the fishing industry today. Jerry and his dad Clarence ran the business until the early 1980's at which time the business was sold.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father Clarence F. Rowe. He is survived by his mother, Nora Rowe of Ellensburg and his first wife Ingrid Rowe of Bothell. He is also survived by his wife of over 32 years, Helen; daughters Jennifer (Tim) Marquis and Amanda Voss; his sons Jer Voss and Tyson (Kelly) Voss; sisters: Janet (Terry) McClure and Barbara (Rodney) Goosman; and his grandchildren: Gabriel Marquis; Tori, Whitney and Zac Zambrano; Wyatt, Dylan, Kylee, Ryder and Ty Voss; and his nieces: Brooke and Carly Goosman, and Lindsay (Scott) Logsdon and families. Jerry also leaves behind many life-long friends, you know who you are.

Jerry struggled with chronic Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for 25 years. He participated in the University of WA MS survey group studying multiple sclerosis for most of twenty years. He gave his body to the UW School of Medicine in hopes that answers can be found to cure Multiple Sclerosis.

His ashes will be scattered on his favorite mountain.

Jerry enjoyed watching movies, playing cards and going out to breakfast with friends. Hunting and visiting around the campfire was a yearly event and running the jet skis on the river satisfied his need for speed after his corvette days ended. Jerry will always live on in our hearts.

A Marker has been placed at Restlawn Memorial Park in Edmonds. A Dedication of the marker will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. and Memorial reception will follow at 1 p.m. at Edmonds Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 23525

84th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98020.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 6, 2017
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