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William W. (Bill) Rowe

October 20, 1935 - December 10, 2017


Bill was born on October 20, 1935 in Hubbard, Oregon and passed away on December 10, 2017 in Independence, Oregon.  He attended grade school at Eola, part of middle school at West Salem Junior High, and graduated from Salem High School (now North Salem High School) in 1953.  Bill spent over eight years in the Naval Reserve.
 
Bill started employment with the Telephone Company in 1955 in Salem, Oregon and spent 31 ½ years with the company.  Throughout the years he worked for “Ma Bell” in Corvallis and Dallas, Oregon.  He retired from Pacific Northwest Bell on May 1, 1987, from network engineering and switching.
 
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  As a young man he spent many an hour hunting ducks and geese on the Willamette River.  In later years he liked to go duck and goose hunting at Summer Lake in Eastern Oregon.  He also liked fishing on the Rogue with his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
 
He was a life time member of the Elks Club in Independence.  Also a member of the Polk County Livestock Association as well as the Marion County Livestock Association for many years.
 
Bill married Maureen Gibbons (Gibby) on June 22, 1957.  They celebrated 60 years of marriage in June.  Bill and Gibby lived in South Salem for five years before moving to acreage south of Independence.  Bill bought and sold livestock for over 50 years from the farm (cattle, sheep, goats, etc).   It was a hobby for him and he enjoyed every minute of the hours spent talking to others and attending many cattle and farm auctions throughout the Willamette Valley and coastal areas.
 
Bill is survived by his wife Gibby; daughter Denna Melton (Brian) of Corvallis, daughter Valerie Sewell (Steve) of Cloverdale and son W. Raymond Rowe (Lori) of Keizer; six grandchildren:  Brianna Melton (Joel Purvis) of Albany, Kacie Melton Dunning (Parker) of Boise, Idaho, Anissa Rowe of Phoenix, Arizona and Joel Rowe of Phoenix, Arizona, Taylor Sewell of Springfield and Jennifer Sewell of Gresham; one great grandson:  Kolt Mccoy Purvis of Albany.  He is survived by a sister:  Leda Wright (Pete) of Salt Lake City, Utah and one cousin:  Ray Magee (Connie) of Tehachapi, California.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. His parents William and Arline Rowe preceded him in death.  
 
Private family services will be held at a later date.  Contributions in Bill’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. 

 

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