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TROWER ROSS H. TROWER A Pastor and Navy Chaplain for nearly seventy years, Ross H. Trower, of Springfield, Virginia, died peacefully on October 31, 2014, at his home in Greenspring Village. He was born on February 22, 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Lula and William R.Trower, Jr. In 1944 he married the late Margaret Doering Trower of Vandalia, Illinois, to whom he was wed for nearly 57 years. Pastor Trower is survived by his four children: David R. Trower (Carol) of New York, NY; Martha C. Edmonds (Edward) of Piffard, NY; Paul W. Trower of Minneapolis, MN; and John L. Trower (Rebecca) of Ramona, CA. He delighted in his five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, along with fond relationships with many friends and extended family members. Pastor Trower had a many-faceted career. He served as Chaplain in the United States Navy for over 38 years and as a parish pastor until this past summer. He was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral in 1979 and was the 15th Chief of Chaplains until he was placed on the Retired List of the Navy in 1983. Chaplain Trower's many tours of duty took him across the country and around the world. He served on numerous Navy ships and bases and with Marine units in Korea and Vietnam. Chaplain Trower was proud to serve with military personnel in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. His highest personal decoration was the Distinguished Service Medal. From 1984 until 2014, Pastor Trower served on the staff of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia, and was a member of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He held an honorary doctorate in Divinity from his Alma Mater, an earned Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and the Master's degree in Theology from Harvard. He was a graduate of Carthage College, now in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Visitation will be held at Demaine Funeral Home at 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield 22150, on Thursday November 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday November 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield, on Saturday morning, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or to the St. Mark's Life Center, an ecumenical and educational program providing a variety of services for members, neighbors and students of all ages.

Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2014
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