Bob Rowland Jr.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Clyde Robert "Bob" Rowland Jr., 68, of Milan, Ill., passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family.

The services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors by Moline American Legion Post 246.

Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service by Moline Lodge 1014 at 7.

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., son of Clyde Robert and Mary Elizabeth Wilson Rowland. He married Constance "Connie" Hughes Oct. 13, 1973, in Rock Island, Ill.

Mr. Rowland was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1956 to 1958 in Japan.

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., Bettendorf, Iowa. He was formerly of Cape Girardeau.

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, 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite Valley of Moline and Coordinate Bodies. He received the Moline Cross Award from the 32nd 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 Construction.

Survivors include his wife, Connie; a daughter, Robin Rowland of Rock Island; a son, Seth (Desiree) Rowland of 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; a brother, James Rowland; and several extended family members and friends.