Gary Dean Rowe, 58, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and formerly of Burlington died at 12:17 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville.
Born February 24, 1951 in Muscatine, he was the son of Calvin Albert and Florence Colleen Moore Rowe.
Mr. Rowe was a 1969 graduate of Burlington High School. He entered the Army July 10, 1972 and retired as a chief warrant officer 4 following a 26-year Army career on March 31, 1995. He served as a helicopter pilot during Desert Storm.
He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, Elks, Kentucky Colonels, Moose and was active in Special Olympics.
Survivors include four brothers, Jimmy Joe Rowe and Steven Whitmore both of Burlington, Calvin A. Rowe Jr. of Grantsville, Utah and Troy Rowe of Wapello; a sister, Trudy Kisner of Davenport and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials have been established for Des Moines County Humane Society and American Heart Association.
According to Mr. Rowe's wishes, his body has been cremated.
May the light of God lead you home.
To a lifelong friend, may you rest in peace. All through the years, you were there. I enjoyed our phone conversations, even when years would go by without seeing each other. We will never forget our trip to Hopkinsville to see you in 2005 and the friends we met there. May God hold you in his loving arms and give you the peace you couldn't find in life.
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