JOHN VERNON ROWE
John Vernon Rowe, known as Vern by those who loved him, aged 92, WWII veteran, computer programmer, father, grand-father, great-grandfather, evangelist, prayer warrior, mentor, and friend, joined his Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
Vern was born in Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada, May 1, 1924 to Pascoe Baynard and Laura Prynne Rowe. He graduated from Riverside High School, Riverside, New York in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the U.S.S. Fitch in the North Atlantic Theater and the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard in the Pacific Theater and was a recipient of the Medal of Valor. Vern married his High School sweetheart Pearl Jean Flannery in August, 1944.
Following the War, Vern was employed by DuPont, and National Gypsum. In 1975, Vern and Jean relocated from Buffalo, NY, to San Bernardino, CA, to serve with Campus Crusade for Christ, where they were on staff for 17 years. Vern held volunteer positions in Food Finders, and Love, Inc. as well as serving in various leadership capacities including Deacon and Sunday School teacher in churches he attended.
He is survived by Jean, his wife of 71 years, and six of his seven children. Vern was preceded in death by eldest daughter Jeannine Preston Rowe. Remaining are Susan Wakefield of Batavia, NY, John (Sherry) Rowe of Lewisburg, PA, Linda (George) Renner, Hollis, NH, Michael (Maggie) of Wheaton, IL, Lori Summer of Lafayette, IN, and Peter (Christine) Rowe of Citrus Heights, CA, 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren also survive
The family will be present from 1 - 3PM Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, 4120 West Main Street, Batavia, NY, and Vern will be interred at Bath National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) at give.cru.org or World Venture, search for George and Linda Renner ministry.
Please share your thoughts and memories of John with his family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.
THE FAMILY OF JOHN VERNON ROWE IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.