Michael H. Rowden
Kenai resident Michael H. Rowden died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, of complications due to heart problems and diabetes in Anchorage. He was 63.
A celebration of Mr. Rowden’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Nikiski New Hope Christian Fellowship, Mile 23 Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. Pastors Henry and Nancy Haney and Pastor Dave Arestad will assist with the time of sharing and remembering.
Mr. Rowden was born June 25, 1943, in Springfield, Mo. He graduated from Central High School, attended Evangel Bible College and Vi Tech Trade School, all in Springfield.
Mr. Rowden was active in Boy Scouts. His sister, Linda Kay, shared that when he was meeting with a group of young people at Central Bible College in Springfield, they talked about Alaska. After that he was hooked and at the age of 22 he came up to Alaska with the group and never went back. Mr. Rowden’s love for fishing, canoeing, flying and the rugged outdoor life in Alaska was what kept him here.
Mr. Rowden’s first job was surveying the road to Homer. He then worked with Stan Thomson at Kenai Korner’s Lumber Yard. Mr. Rowden helped build Inlet Faith (Aurora Heights Assembly of God) Church in Nikiski and also the Assembly of God Church in Nome. He built all the podiums in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building. Mr. Rowden went on to own his own business, Beaver Wood Products, making cabinets under the mentoring of Bob Holt.
“Mr. Rowden was a storyteller, grumpy, articulate and at the end a very gentle giant who loved genealogy, carving and sewing,”his family said.
The Kenai Fabric Center was his favorite store, as they helped him complete the quilt his great-grandmother started. Mr. Rowden made all his own clothes and his next project was to make pajamas for larger men at Central Peninsula General Hospital.
At 63, he had broken the record of living longer than any other male Rowden.
Mr. Rowden was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lucillia Rowden; and brother, Keith Rowden.
He is survived by his sister and brother in-law, Wayne and Linda Kay Wilson of Springfield; nephews, Carl Rowden of Anchorage and Dan Rowden of Florida; niece, Vicki White of Springfield; three grandnieces; two grandnephews; and on the day he died his great-grandnephew was born in Springfield.
Memorial donation may be made to the following charities, Hillcrest Children’s Home, P.O. Box 670, Hot Springs, AZ. 71901 or Assemblies of God, Attn: Alaska Missions Account, 1048 W. International Airport Road Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99518.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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