Franklin Delano Rowell
July 20, 1933 – August 9, 2019
Franklin Delano Rowell – July 20, 1933 – August 9, 2019
Frank left this earth for his heavenly home Friday, August 9. Frank is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Mary Rowell of Dallas, Texas. Also, two brothers James W. Rowell of Irving, Texas and Charles Rowell, who died as a child in Dallas, Texas. Two sisters, Margaret Wightman, and Mary Frances Hester both of Athens, Texas. A stepson, Clinton Wayne Hargis, of the Woodlands, Texas.
He is survived by a son, Raymond Diehl and his wife Susan of Brownwood, Texas, a daughter Debbie Burkhart and her husband Glester of Kempner, Texas and a daughter Darlene Neely and her husband Jack of Marshall, Texas. A daughter Lynn Wellborn of Denton, Texas. A step daughter, Kathryn Stevens of Azle, Texas. Nephew James W. Rowell Jr. and his wife Susan. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Frank was born in Dallas, Texas but lived in many places, finally retiring to Arnaudville, Louisiana where he bred and raced Thoroughbred Race Horses in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas. He currently resided in The Woodlands, Texas since 2011. Frank joined the US Army July 27, 1948 at the age of 15 years old. He commanded troops in Japan and Korea. Served his country with the B Battery 31st FABN, 7th Infantry Division – US Army.
Frank had a successful business career and created several prosperous entrepreneur business enterprises. Among them Vice President, Technical Films Inc., and Manager of the Media Division of the US Postal System. Successful business ventures included, Restaurant owner and operator, Owner and executive of a construction business, housing contractor, and most recently owner and breeder of thoroughbred race horses. He respected and honored business partners, nephew James W. Rowell Jr. and Ernie Longoria.
Frank will be laid to rest 11:15 AM, Friday, August 16 at the Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
- Graveside Service Friday, August 16, 2019
Franklin Delano Rowell
Cheryl Lynn Welborn
August 17, 2019
My daddy taught me so much about life. He was life. I have his humor. It's a good thing and sometimes not. I lived with him for the first 18 years of my life and I don't think I ever heard the same story twice. He was so knowledgeable about everything he did. A strict daddy, or so I thought. Nowadays I wish I had been that strict on my on kids. He just wanted us to succeed and not make bad choices. It was never a dull moment. He always had plans for us on the week ends. My daddy was my very first dance partner. I'll miss our talks. RIP Daddy. I'll see you again.
August 16, 2019
Frank Rowell was one of the kindest, thoughtful individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Always smiling, always a kind word to everyone & always willing to lend a hand or provide a helpful hint in regards to work.
I’ll miss his phone calls checking in to see how we were doing, how work was going. Always a great “Hi, how ya doin?” & always wanting to know how the projects were going. And I know we’ll all miss the King Cake he’d send wishing us a Merry Mardi Gras.
Thank you Frank for being such a lovely friend not just to me but all of us. Cindi
August 13, 2019
Frank Rowell was one of a kind, a smart, independent-minded businessman who worked hard and succeeded in every business venture he entered. He was not afraid to take chances and his phenomenal success in breeding stakes-winning race horses in his later years bears testament to this quality.
Frank also knew how to enjoy life and embarked on many lively adventures with his loving wife, Barbara, whom he adored. He loved to talk and pass time with friends, family and workmen, entertaining them with endless stories and sharing expertise gained from decades of experience in numerous businesses. His was a life well lived. Frank Rowell will be sorely missed.
DK Medlin, MD