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Kenneth A. Rowe

Rowe, Kenneth A. 94, passed away on March 1, 2014 at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Naperville. Ken was born February 5, 1920 in Aurora, Illinois. He attended Beaupre Elementary, Center School, K.D. Waldo Junior High, and East Aurora High School. He was member of the Tomcats basketball team during his junior and senior years. He graduated in 1939. In 1940, Ken married Maxine Horley. Upon his high school graduation, Ken began an apprenticeship in painting and decorating with his uncle, Harold Elliott. He worked in the trade for 44 years. He was a life member of The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 448 of Aurora, where he served as treasurer, trustee, and as a delegate, as well as on various other committees. During his career, he worked for several local contractors, and as a maintenance painter for Mooseheart Child City, where he retired from in 1982. He also was a life member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades in Washington, D.C. Ken was a member of First Street United Methodist Church, Aurora. He sang in the choir, and also served as a trustee, an usher, and was a member of the building committee Ken served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as a parachute rigger in Naval Aviation at Edenton, N.C. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He loved fishing, and enjoyed playing softball and baseball. He was an avid bowler, bowling with leagues at St. Paul's Lutheran, Parkside Lanes, and the Owls of Valley Bowl. Ken was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan, and a faithful East Aurora Tomcat fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Pearl; his daughter, Betty Sue; his brother, Willard; and his wife, Maxine, to whom he was happily married to for 64 years. He is survived by three daughters, Donna (Ron) Hatch of Oswego, Betsy Hornyan, of Sycamore, and Kristine (Wayne) Millen, of Mechanicsville, MD; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery. Burial will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park. The family will greet guests on Monday evening from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery. For directions or online guestbook www.dieterlememorialhome.com.
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Dieterle Memorial Home
1120 South Broadway Road Montgomery, IL 60538
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Published in Beacon News on Mar. 3, 2014
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