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Rowe, James Weldon
James Weldon Rowe, 84, a good and faithful servant of the Lord and Trustee Emeritus of the First Christian Church, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2010.

Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on December 18, 1925, Jim attended Oskaloosa High School, served with a harbor craft unit of the Transportation Corps of the US Army in England and France during WWII. After discharge from the service in 1945, Jim married his Chi Rho love, Mary Ann Evans of Des Moines, Iowa on June 21, 1946. Jim attended his father Evans college, Iowa State University, receiving his Bachelors of Chemical Engineering in 1951. Jim, Ann and their young children, Alice Ann, Susan Ann and William Evan moved to Akron, Ohio where Jim was employed by B.F. Goodrich, moving later to Henry, Ill. After receiving his Masters of Engineering from Bradley University, Jim was employed by Armour and Keebler, living in Chicago. Returning to B.F. Goodrich, Jim was assistant manager of a petro-chemical company in Iran, a rubber plantation in Liberia and a hose plant in Oneida, Tenn. In 1979, he was employed as an Environmental Engineer at Maytag, retiring in 1995.

Jim lived a life of service to his community. Jim was a Boy Scout as a youth and was involved in Scouting as an adult. He was very active in the Creve Coeur Council, serving in different district positions, running training camps for new youth leaders, driving a semi-trailer of equipment to the 1964 Washington, D.C. Jamboree and becoming a Master Woodbadge. He received the Silver Beaver award from the Creve Coeur Council. Like his father, he was a Mason. Jim was chairman of the Marshall County Red Cross and a member of the American Legion and Lions receiving the Melvin Jones award in 2005 from the Galesburg Lions Club. He volunteered with the OSF Hospice, Nielson Reading Buddy Program and Behrents Senior Center.

Jim was preceded in death by his dear wife Mary Ann Evans, his parents (Evan Edward Rowe and Osa van Benthusen), his brother Larry Rowe and his brothers-in-law, Dr. James Walker and the Honorable Fred Koogler. He is survived by a broad and inclusive family including his sisters, Edna and Betty (and her spouse Richard), sister-in-law Sandra Rowe and their seven nieces and nephews; his children Alice and her husband Mike and their children Matt and Ben; Susan and her children Dana (and wife Debbie) and Heather (and husband Zack) and Susans husband Mark and their child Jessie; William and his wife Diane and their children Elizabeth and James (and his wife Terra); Karen Kistler and her husband Dennis. Jim was very happy to have a great-grandchild, Evan, the son of Dana and Debbie. Jims close siblings in Christ included his dear friends of the Noon Dining Club and his table mates at Seminary Estates.

Cremation will be accorded. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the First Christian Church. Rev. Greg Fitch and Rev. M.J. Fitch will officiate. Military rites will be provided by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 at the church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2010 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at First Christian Church or Guardian Angels Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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