Times West Virginian
Richard “Rick” A. Rowe, 67, of Streetsboro, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 11, 2013) after a long and courageous battle with complications from diabetes.
Rick was born Aug. 13, 1946, to Charles Irving and Opal Mae (Squires) Rowe in Fairmont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Betty Mae Woods of Akron and Emma Jean James of Fairmont.
He will be dearly missed and always loved by his survivors: wife, Jane (Cowan); sons, Brad of Yerington, Nev., and David of Paso Robles, Calif.; grandchildren, Chynna, Richard, Alexander, Tucker and Colby; brothers, Charles (Beverly) of Pennsylvania, Bob (Dixie) of Florida, and Ron (Barbara) of Akron; as well as many adoring nieces, nephews and friends.
After graduating from West Fairmont High School in 1966, Rick served in the Army as 1st lieutenant, seeing combat action in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1968-69.
He graduated from the University of Akron in 1975 with a degree in business education and taught two years at Y’East Junior High School in Hood River, Ore., and 28 years at James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville.
Rick excelled in sports and was a star basketball player. He coached girls’ basketball at Garfield High School. During summers, Rick enjoyed working in his garden and operating a small roadside market where he sold his vegetables. He also enjoyed traveling, skiing, playing softball and entertaining his friends and family. Rick is remembered for his passion for living life to the fullest and for his original wit and humor, his honesty and generosity, and his caring spirit.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent with the Rev. Byron George officiating. Calling hours were at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.