William D. 'Bill' Rowe

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009

Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident William D. "Bill" Rowe died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 89.

A private family memorial service will be held in May.

Mr. Rowe was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Las Animas, Colo., to William Sheridan and Mabel Rowe. He served in the U.S. Navy on detached duty with the U.S. Marine Corp in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He held many jobs during his lifetime including a rodeo rider, professional boxer, head security officer for the 20th Century Fox Ranch, Deputy Sheriff in Los Angeles County, Calif., Marshall of DeBeque, Colo., and Deputy Sheriff for Mesa and Garfield counties in Colorado.

Mr. Rowe was an avid sportsman, having an interest in rodeo, boxing, hunting, fishing and shooting sports. He won the California Centennial Fast Draw championship. He also wrote poetry, short stories and painted animal portraits and outdoor subjects.

Mr. Rowe was preceded in death by his parents, a son, William S. Rowe, daughter, Catherine Towrey, five sisters, five brothers and a grandson.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Beverly J. Rowe of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Kerry and Vicki Sutton of Dardanelle, Ark., Mark and Annette Sutton of Ninilchik, Brent and Patricia Sutton of Sterling and David and Gail Rowe of Clear Lake, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Joe Boren of Houston, Texas, Tamara and David Heim of Portland, Ore., and Diane and John Stenglein of Kasilof; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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