Harold B. Rowe, Jr. Print E-mail

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Independence – Harold Baker Rowe, Jr., 83 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo, Iowa, in peace after bravely fighting A.L.S.  He was born on December 9, 1928, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Harold Baker and Ruth Elizabeth (Kessler) Rowe, Sr.  He graduated from high school in Oak Park and then earned a B.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  On May 14, 1955, he and the former Joanne Lois Stoll were married in Oak Park, Illinois.  They farmed near Independence, Iowa, until retiring.  Mr. Rowe was a member of Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence.  Visiting with his family was always important.  Mr. Rowe enjoyed camping and traveling, and visited all 50 states in the process.  He also was a Green Bay Packer and Iowa State Cyclone fan.

Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joanne, and 3 sons, Hal (Debbie) Rowe of Spokane, Washington, Ken Rowe of Edina, Minnesota, and David (Trang) Rowe of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Rachelle, Eric, Madeleine and Graham, and 2 sisters, Lois Petre of Louisville, Colorado, and Nancy Haimbaugh of Sedona, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 20, 2012, at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence, Iowa, with Rev. Bob Solon officiating.  Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery in Independence.  Friends may call for visitation from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence.



Bruce Wehner 01-22-2014
Hal,I only met your dad a couple of times,he was wonderful and strong person. God bless him and your family.
Fontana Park 02-29-2012
You are in the thoughts of your friends at Fontana Park. Harold will be remembered as a great lover of the natural world
- Dan Cohen
Jim Henry and Kris Warford Henry 02-26-2012
Ken, Madeleine, Graham and family,
Dads are such special people. Grandpas too. We are sorry for your loss and hope that pulling up happy memories will help you through the difficult moments. We think of you often.
Jim, Kris, Megan and Conor HENRY
Diane & Bob Young and family 02-24-2012
Our thoughts and prays go out to the entire Rowe family. Although we didn't live close, we have many fond memories of every visit we had in Iowa, California or Kansas City. He was so kind hearted! Love to Aunt Joanne and family.
Deanna Daugherty 02-22-2012
Debbie and family-
I just learned of Harold's passing. I am sending my deepest sympathies to all of you. I am very grateful for having the chance to meet Harold and I really enjoyed our visit at his ALS Clinic appointment a few weeks ago. Please know that I am thinking about all of you and wishing you much peace in your hearts.
Mark A Anderson 02-20-2012
Joanne and family I just found out about Harolds passing my deepest sympathy goes out to you. What a wonderful and thoughtful man they didn't make to many like him. Mark Anderson
Ernest and Joni Henderson 02-20-2012
Joni and I are sadden at the loss of Harold! This was one person that was honest,polite,r espectful and to my knowledge never said a single word in anger. As long as I live I shall not forget him.
Dixie H. & family 02-19-2012
Joanne & family; Prayers for you during this time on loss. Harold will be miss especially by the Hope Wesleyan church members, I myself have enjoyed talking to you Joanne & Harold would often ask me how I was when I saw him. Sincerely; Dixie Hansen
Deb Recker RN BSN 02-19-2012
Joanne & family, My sincere condolences to you at the loss of Harold. I had the honor of caring for Harold twice in the Cardiac Rehab program here in Independence. I was struck by his quiet nature and his resolve to stay healthy! I was so sad when he told us of his ALS diagnosis. He was a wonderful man, who's quiet strength and tremendous love for his family i will never forget! My deepest sympathy,
Deb Recker RN BSN
Arnie & Jan Johnson 02-19-2012
Dear Joanne & family,

We were so saddened to hear of your loss, but rejoicing to think of Harold's gain. He was a wonderful man of God and of family and the wonderful memories will last.

We will be with you in prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

Love to you all,
Arnie & Jan Johnson
Patti Meyer 02-19-2012
What a great honor I had to get a chance to know your parents. Both of them are such kind, caring and giving people. Your Dad was SO strong throughout his struggle with ALS and Joanne, you were right there beside him every step of the way. He was a courageous man, one that I am thankful that I got to know. We've lost another American Hero...God chose another one of the very best...My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lyndy Lubbers 02-18-2012
My dear Uncle Bud! The world has lost a dear, gentle soul that taught us all about living life to the fullest. His courage and grace over these past few years leaves us all with a final gift of how to endure life's hard blows. We will remember him with such fondness.
Janet McLaren 02-18-2012
Joanne and family, so very sorry to hear about Harold. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Memories will be a huge help everyday.

James and Janet McLaren
Colleen Rafferty 02-18-2012
Hal and Debbie,
I am sure he appreciated all that you did for him. Let his peace now comfort you. My prayers are with you at this time.
God Bless your family!
Your cousin,
Colleen Rafferty
Debbie 02-18-2012
It was such a gift to help you through your final journeys. I respect and honor you. You always put your family first and modeled fine qualities and leadership. Humoring us in wearing your WSU cap, even on your last outdoor stroll with Hal was testament to your fine character.
Your loving daughter, Debbie kavh
Marian Marugg 02-18-2012
I'm not sure my first message went through. God bless you all. Aunt Marian
Hal 02-18-2012
Thank you for all you taught me and your kind and loving ways. You helped teach me a love of the outdoors, a place where I can ground myself and find peace.
You were so strong during your long struggle with ALS, you were a model of grace throughout. Debbie and I will miss you very much. Just to remind you though, Hawkeyes rule. Your loving son. Hal

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