Ernest Walter "Walt" Rowley
1931 - 2021
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home
30 W Mechanic St
Princeton, IL
Ernest Walter 'Walt' Rowley
Born: March 6, 1931 in Chicago
Died: September 15, 2021 in Princeton, IL
Ernest Walter "Walt" Rowley, 90, of Princeton, Illinois passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Aperion Care Nursing Home, Princeton.
He was born March 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois the son of George and Kathryn (VanDeVort) Rowley.
Walt married Gladys Underwood on March 22, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Princeton, Illinois. They shared 68 years together. She survives in Princeton.
He is also survived by three children: Laura (Bob) Gaylord of McKinney, Texas, Bryan (Brenda) Rowley of Princeton, and Greg (Michelle) Rowley of Wesley Chapel, Florida; seven grandchildren: Dylan and Kaleb Gaylord, Michelle Janssen, John Turner, and Charlotte Fisher, Sarah Petrin and Trevor Rowley; 6 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Nelson of Princeton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Rita Merkley.
Walt was employed at Harper-Wyman for 42 years.
He was an avid coin collector, hunter and fisherman . He loved golfing and was never short on jokes. Walt loved the Lord and had a servant's heart. He was a very active member of the New Hope Church of the Nazarene, using his construction skills to help build and maintain the church. He loved children and could always connect with them. Most of all he cherished his family.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Laura Root-Tanner, officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. prior to the service, Sunday. Memorials may be directed to the New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be sent to
Published by Bureau County Republican from Sep. 16 to Sep. 18, 2021.
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