John Albert Rowe, 81, of Alpine, Texas died Jan. 22, 2020, after several years of struggle with Lewy Bodies Dementia.
He was born July 27, 1938 to Harwood and Pearle Rowe in Elk City, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he met his wife of 55 years. He also was a firefighter in Wichita Falls, and continued in this career in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After he retired from the fire department, he and his family moved back to Texas where he had a successful career as a ranch realtor in Lampasas.
John served the Lord for many years through his ministry as song leader in the Baptist churches he and Fran attended. His wonderful voice and joyful smile were great gifts to the congregations he served. He also served the children of these churches through the Royal Ambassadors program.
John was an avid and creative storyteller, and loved spinning tales for his children growing up, and later for all his grandchildren. They will forever remember his humorous and outlandish stories about Tarzan the Hairy-legged Apeman and his pal, Flunky the Monkey, and Squeaky the Mouse.
Along with all these amazing talents, John was a terrific hunter and fisherman. He would raise and process his meat, and taught his daughters this useful skill. He had a real green thumb and beautiful gardens, and let us not forget his artistry in the kitchen! Many people from around the world enjoyed his famous barbecue, his special pancake recipe, the fish fries, and the pico de gallo. His daughters grew up saying, “Daddy can do anything!” and knew it to be true.
He never met a stranger, and always had a positive outlook. You would rarely see him without a smile.
His goal in life was to take care of his wife and daughters, and he did that in spades. He loved to serve others, and even in his last months, assisted Meals on Wheels, helping to deliver food and, perhaps even more importantly, a genuine smile to folks in need.
John is survived by his wife, Fran Rowe, of Alpine; his three daughters, Ginger Hillery of Alpine, Terri Werner of Kingston, Tennessee, and Christine Wood of Alpine. He had eight grandchildren and one great grandson, Wesley Boultinghouse of Alpine, Jena Werner and great grandson Khalel of Jacksonville, Florida, Jake Halbrook of Austin, Texas, and Thomas, Patrick, Maggie, Rose and Nora Hillery of Alpine, Texas. He is also survived by brothers Jacque Rowe of Oklahoma City, and Larry Rowe of Pharr, Texas.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 1802 Fort Davis Highway in Alpine, with a reception to follow at Taste and See Bakery, 116 North 5th Street in Alpine.
Alpine Memorial Funeral Home was entrusted with his services. Online condolences may be left at alpinememorialfuneralhome.com.