Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH


Harold B Rowland

Passed away on May 21, 2020

Harold B. Rowland 1941-2020

Harold B. Rowland, 78, passed away May 21, 2020 at Kettering Medical Center. He was born in Dingus, Kentucky on December 30, 1941. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry B. and Nora Mae (Webb) Rowland, his sister Jean (Selvin) Smith, brothers Harry B. (Sonny) Rowland, Ralph Rowland, Herbert Rowland and granddaughter Nicole Diviak.

He is survived by his wife Opal (Williams), daughters Kim (Ken) Baker of Jamestown, Ohio and Michel Smith of Xenia, Ohio, grandchildren Jessica (William) Holley, Heather (Brandon) Chapman and Gretchen Clutter, sisters Goldie Phelps of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Bartola Conley of Fairborn, Ohio.

Papaw Harold also leaves behind his cherished nine great-grandchildren: Julian, Alyssa, Kaylee, Madeline, Maya, Kennedy, Willow, Piper and Nora.

He was fortunate to have special relationships with his extended family that also survive him: Arlis Williams Jr. and Phyllis Schaffer, Arnie Williams and Cubie and Don Eldridge, and many nieces and nephews. It’s not possible to list special friends as he considered all of his friends special.

Harold was blessed with a full life – a loving family and life-long friends. He loved sprint car racing and owned the 8K sprint car, traveling, camping, spending time with his great-grandchildren and telling stories. His hobby was staying connected with his friends by either phone or unexpectedly knocking on their door. He attended Hazel Green Academy from 1956-1957, he was a Private in the Army and served in France from 1959-1962, he was owner of HBR Construction Company located in Beavercreek, Ohio from 1974-2004, and a past member of DARF (Dayton Auto Race Fans).

He will be missed.

A memorial gathering will be held May 27, 2020 at Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek, Ohio from 5-8 p.m. Social distancing guidelines and masks are encouraged. Burial will take place on May 29, 2020 in West Liberty, Kentucky.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home in West Liberty, Kentucky. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 11a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a graveside service at the Rowland Family Cemetery officiated by Pastor Frisby of Index Community Church.


  • Memorial Gathering

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Harold B Rowland

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Jonathan Conley

May 26, 2020

Opal, Kim and Shelley – I am so sorry for your loss and know that Uncle Harold will be missed by all. When I was first out of high school Uncle Harold tried to teach me how to operate heavy equipment, in the end I would turn out to be banker but at least I can say, because of Uncle Harold, I did operate heavy equipment if only for a few days. I remember when I first started in banking (back in 1979) I worked for Farmers and Merchants Bank in Beavercreek – Uncle Harold and Aunt Opal would have me come by for lunch, as often as I wanted, and were so kind to open their house up to me. These are just some of the memories that I will always cherish and hold in my heart as treasures.

Lee Brittain

May 25, 2020

First met Harold 40 yrs. ago business wise, when he started doing all my excavation and he was not only the best at what he did but was one that was true to his word, never needed a contract or a handshake, just his word. The beginning eventually turned into a friendship between us and Opal that has lasted many years. It is a great loss to Sue and I. Miss you buddy.

Beverly Kotarski

May 24, 2020

I will always remember uncle harold makeing me feel so welcomed each time i came for visit . So glad i got one more visit last summer with him an all his stories he told me .. As I left for home he said" you will always have a room reserved here for you "!!! I felt so much love each time i came . I will miss him ..

Cubie Eldridge

May 24, 2020

My memories are full of all the times we were together camping. I especially liked the giant campfires we shared. Favorite time of camping was sitting around the campfire in the evening and telling stories. Harold never ran out of things to say. I am grateful for the times we spent together with our children. My brother-in-law was much loved and will be missed.

Chuck Grove

May 23, 2020

Opal and Family
We are sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. Our sympathy and prayers are with you your family during these saddened day.
Chuck Grove & Kathy Falensky


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