William Carroll Rowe

January 25, 1940February 12, 2021

Des Moines, IA

William (Bill) Rowe, 81, of Ankeny went to his eternal home on February 12th, 2021. A visitation will be held Tuesday February 16th 2021 from 4-7pm and 10am Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 with a service to follow at 11am at Ankeny Funeral Home 1510 W 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50023.

William was born on January, 25th 1940 in Belcher, Kentucky to Edgar and Cathleen (Colley) Rowe. He often talked about his fond memories growing up in the hills of Kentucky with his loving grandparents Taylor and Stella Rowe.

In 1964 Bill married Emma Caudill. They shared 41 beautiful years together until her passing in 2006. Bill loved life and took pride in everything he did. He loved being outside in the sun and in the summer you could find him tending to his glorious garden or casting his day away on the shores of one of his favorite ponds with his great grandson and very best friend, Preston. In fact there weren't many times that you ran into Bill that his little sidekick wasn’t with him, they shared a special, unbreakable bond. He was always up for a game of horseshoe, showing off with his hook shot playing pig with the kids and a cold Coca-Cola. He loved watching NASCAR races, football and baseball games and most of all, spending time with his family especially his great- grandchildren. He loved Christmas and giving gifts to others all through the year. He always had the perfect card for every occasion and no special day went by without you knowing how much he cared. Bill found so much joy in helping others and will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor. He always had a joke or story to tell and a smile to share. It was impossible not to smile in his presence.

Bill is survived by his son Gary Rowe, daughters Terri (Ross) Koop and Teresa Costilla ; daughter-in-law Monica Rowe; Grandchildren Justin Villareal, Brandon (Angel) Rowe, Amanda (Erik) Schmidt, Andrea (Andrew) Chalfin, Erika Rowe, Ricardo Ramirez and Arielle Rowe and many great grandchildren. Brothers-in-law Jeffery (Kathy) Caudill ; Sisters-in law Wanda (Dean) Hurley, Ina Cantrell, Gwen Caudill, Lois (Ricky) Hilton, Claudia Caudill and Leona Caudill. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Emma Rowe; Daughter, Juanita Littles; Mother, Cathleen Duty; Father, Edgar Rowe; Grandparents Stella and Taylor Rowe; Brothers-in-law Orville Caudill, Edward Caudill, Curtis Caudill, Ivol Caudill, Ceciil Ray Caudill, Jimmy Dean Caudill, Loren Caudill Martin Cantrell and Herbert Moore; Sister-in-law Dorothy Moore.

Memorial contributions for William Rowe can be made out to his family for later distribution.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021


William Carroll Rowe

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Gerene Hackney

February 17, 2021

I will never forget Carroll and Ronnie (our cousin) giving me my first (and last) chew of tobacco. We were at Mamaw Stella's and Papaw Taylor's house. Carroll and Ronnie (another cousin) had to be in their 20's at the time, because Carroll was 19 years older than me. Being a young girl of 5 or 6, watching my grandfather and my cousins chew, I wanted to try a chew of tobacco. I talked them in to letting me try a chew....and boy, did I get sick! You talk about 2 young fellows trying to get me better before my Daddy saw that I was sick on tobacco. They just knew Daddy was 'gonna kill them'! I don't remember what they did, but I was better by the time Daddy came back. I don't remember if Daddy had went to the store or was in the garden. But, talk about a sigh of relief when they saw I was gonna be okay! That and many more such fond memories. RIP Cousin will be missed.

Colleen Johnston

February 16, 2021

Bill started out as my "lawn care expert," and soon became my friend. He was so kind to me.

I have learned in my life that one measure of a "life well-lived" is that a person is remembered once they are gone. Clearly, Bill's life was well-lived. I will miss him terribly.

Sending prayers and condolences to all of Bill's beloved family. xo