Created on Monday, 03 June 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Donald G. Rowland, 66, of the West Mansfield/York Center area, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, with his family at his side at Marion General Hospital, Marion, following an extended illness.
He was born in Marion on Feb. 1, 1947, to the late Charles Butler and Wilma Christine Houge Rowland. He was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Rowland, on Oct. 29, 2000.
On Nov. 27, 1983, he married his wife of nearly 30 years, Brenda Phipps Rowland, who survives, along with his son, Scott (Jennifer) Rowland of West Mansfield; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie (Bruce) Rowland-Lee of Boaz, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Ellen (Tom) Heizer of West Mansfield; two brothers-in-law, Larry (Gloria) Phipps of Richwood and Charles (Brenda) Phipps of Mt. Victory; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was employed with Broderick’s Foundry in Kenton from 1969 to 1993. Prior to beginning his career, Donald served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.
He attended the West Mansfield Friends Church and was a John Deere tractor enthusiast.
More than anything, he was a loving husband and a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Pastor Ron Sanderson officiates a funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial with flag presentation is at York Cemetery, York Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Express condolences at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.