Donald Franklin Rowe Sr.
November 19, 1933 – January 8, 2020
Donald Franklin Rowe Sr. (86) of Gahannna, Ohio passed away Wednesday January 8, 2020 at The Laurels of Gahanna. He was born November 19, 1933 in Tazewell, Tennessee to Elijah and Martha Rowe. Donald was a hardworking man who kept himself busy, he was self employed as a general contractor, taught ballroom dancing for 18 years, a member of the Moose Lodge, Shriners Association, the VFW, and the Masons. He was a proud veteran of the US Air Force, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Occupation Germany Medal. He was a patron of the New Horizons Community Church. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Doris Rowe, sister Irene (Earl) McComas, children Donald Jr. (Susan), Douglas (Kimberley), and Diane (Stephen) Elek, grandchildren Steven, Alaina, Douglas Jr., Heather, Heidi, Melissa, and Holly, great-grandchildren Logan, Emily, Shane, Robbie, Austin, Avery, Corben, Rachel, Donovan, Kaden, and Dechlan. He is preceded in death by his father Elijah, mother Martha, sister Jean Fisher, and brothers Kenny and Henry. Calling hours will be held Tuesday January 14, 2020 from 11:00 am- 12:00pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens 5600 E. Broad St. Columbus, Ohio. Services will begin at noon in the northwest chapel, with the committal service to follow. Officiating the services will be Pastor Dave of New Horizons Community Church. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS PLEASE MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS AND DONATIONS TO THE NEW HORIZONS COMMUNITY CHURCH (PARKING LOT FUND) 2100 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd. Blacklick, Ohio 43004. Following the service there will be a celebration of life and luncheon at the New Horizon Community Church.
- Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Donald Franklin Rowe Sr.
January 16, 2020
I was unable to attend Don's memorial services. However, I wanted to share his celebration of life with his family and friends. Don was a regular member of our breakfast meetings at McDonald. It was there I got to know him. For a few years he shared his memories and aspirations with us there. His love for his family was unmistakable;his willingness to share useful life/knowledge experiences was a significant contribution to our group; and we will miss him at his favorite seat at our table. My best wishes to his family and friends and please celebrate his life.
January 14, 2020
Shortly after we moved to the little house on Karl Rd our next door neighbor come over to induce himself. I doubt Don Rowe ever met a stranger.Don was just getting into Dancing and teaching Jimmy Rawlings so every Saturday night hank, Doris myself and Don went dancing. Don never sat still and was one of the hardest working men I’ve ever known. Rest now Don, lay down your burdens, you are home safe in the arms of our Lord.
January 12, 2020
we had so many great memorys with uncle don and aunt doris.when you guys would come to phx. and spend some time with us. we used to have so much fun.uncle don would find the cheapest place to eat before we would even get home from work.and the fun we hade at the beach house in so.carolina.we always miss you guys.now will miss uncle don in heaven. love you aunt doris
Mary Ann Barnette
January 10, 2020
To the family--Many happy memories of times spent with Don & Dorie..These, I treasure. May he rest in peace....