Robert J. "Bob" Rowan (1929 - 2016)

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Robert "Bob" J. Rowan, age 87, of Hastings St., in Brookville, Pa., passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
He was born on Feb. 24, 1929, in Brookville, Pa., to the late Irvin Roy and Orpha (Fenstemaker) Rowan. On June 25, 1950, he married Doris L. (Osborne) Rowan in Brookville, Pa. Doris preceded him in passing on Jan. 7, 2006.
For 42 years, he worked for the Pittsburgh and Shawmut Railroad of Brookville.
Bob was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, #983, in Brookville, Pa.; the Roseville Independent Chapel, and the National Rifle Association. He loved to do gardening and landscaping. He was very good with his hands and enjoyed woodworking and could be found making different kinds of crafts. One of his favorite crafts to make was turkey calls. He loved his turkey calls and enjoyed giving them to his friends and family, encouraging them to practice and do better at calling them in.
Bob loved to hunt and would be considered a world class turkey hunter; spring gobbler season was his most favorite time of the year. He loved his family and most especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bob is survived by two sons, James L. (Janice) Rowan of Brookville, Pa., and Thomas W. (Christine) Rowan of Harrisburg, Pa.; one sister, Ruby Irwin of Euchipa, Calif.; two brothers, Verlon (Virginia) Rowan and Richard "Ray" (Helen) Rowan of Brookville, Pa.; five grandchildren: Brian (Shelley) Rowan, Brenda (Brad) Esposito, Lauren (Tyler) Glass, Mari (Chad) Chubb, and Michael Rowan; six great-grandchildren: Garrett Rowan, Brice Rowan, Alex Esposito, Zane Esposito, Alison Esposito, and Grayson Glass.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. A second visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Roseville Independent Chapel, 3381 Route 322, Brookville, PA 15825. A funeral service will be held immediately following the second visitation at the Church, beginning at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jim Fillhart officiating. Interment will take place at the Brookville Cemetery, in Brookville, Pa.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Roseville Independent Chapel.
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McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
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Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-7375
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Published in The Courier Express on Mar. 8, 2016