(Obituary from the Dispatch/Argus)
Robert "Bob" Rowland Jr., 68, of Milan, passed away
Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his
Services will be 10
a.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral home, Milan. Burial
will be in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military
honors accorded by Moline American Legion Post 246. Visitation
will be 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a Masonic
service conducted by Moline Lodge 1014 at 7 p.m. Memorials may
be made to Moline Masonic Lodge 1014 Academic Scholarship Fund
or a favorite charity.
Bob was born Dec.
23, 1938, in Paragould, Ark., the son of Clyde Robert and Mary
Elizabeth Wilson Rowland. He married Constance "Connie" Hughes
on Oct. 13, 1973, in Rock Island.
Mr. Rowland was a
United States Marine Corps veteran, having served from 1956-1958
|Bob was a sheet
metal worker with Union Local 91. He had been employed at the
former Modern Heating, East Moline, and later at Schebler Co.,
Mr. Rowland was a
Past Master of Eureka Lodge 69, Milan, and Past Master of Moline
Lodge 1014. He had been past District Deputy Grand Master of the
13 Northern, Certified lodge instructor, 32 Degree Mason
Scottish Rite Valley of Moline and Coordinate Bodies. He also
had received the Moline Cross Award from the 32 Degree Scottish
Rite and Masonic Leadership Award from Moline Lodge 1014.
Bob enjoyed coaching
his sons' Milan Little League teams. He also enjoyed remodeling
homes after retirement with his good friend Larry Smith at B & L
his wife, Connie; daughter, Robin Rowland, Rock Island; son and
daughter-in-law, Seth and Desiree Rowland, Bettendorf; stepsons,
Sean, Curtis and Derick Adams, all of Milan; grandchildren,
Daniel, Michael, Jade and Brady Adams, Ava and Cooper Rowland;
sisters, Roberta Wheeler and Melvia Rowland; brother, James
Rowland; and several extended family members and friends.