George W. Rowley, 89, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at The Brook in Gladwin.
George was born in Tawas City on February 5, 1929 to O.W. & Catherine (Lansky) Rowley. He graduated from East Tawas High School in 1947. He was the last living male member of his graduation class. He attended the University of Detroit for two years and was then drafted into the Army, serving during the Korean conflict. He was assigned to the intelligence corps serving in Stuttgart, Germany for two years.
Upon returning from the service he met his best friend and loving wife for life, Grace H. Donovan. They were married at Sacred Heart in Oscoda, by Father Henry DuRussell. George and Grace moved to Vanderbilt, where he was in business with his father and brother, Dick, operating a sawmill and box plant. In later years George and Grace started O.W. Rowley & Sons which they owned and managed for about 40 years.
George was predeceased by his parents and his brother Richard.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace; his four children, Patricia Rowley (Guy Williams), James George (Judy Eccker), Jane Rowley-Smith (Glenn Smith) and Mary Kay King (Pat King). George has eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Jessica, Jada, Jammie, Margaux, Tony, Kaylee and Katherine and seven great grandchildren.
George served as secretary for Upper Great Lakes Timber Association. He was a member of St. Mary’s, Gaylord and Holy Redeemer, Vanderbilt. He is a member of St. Mary Knights of Columbus Council 2781 and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Assembly 1718. He served as Grand Knight for Council 2781 and Faithful Navigator for Council 1718 as well as being in the Color Corps for the 4th Degree. He also served as Treasurer for both. He worked bingo with his fellow Knights (friends) for several years.
George’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, feeding deer and traveling. He and Grace made several trips to Alaska where they fished for and canned salmon. They wintered in their motorhome in Florida for several years. He also enjoyed playing cribbage and pinochle and working in the woods.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral.
Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. Mary Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Grace Circle will offer a rosary at the funeral home Thursday evening (January 3rd) at 5:00 p.m.
Visitation will continue on Friday, January 4, 2019 at St. Mary Cathedral from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Cathedral Schools or to Heartland Hospice.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.