Ronald Gene Rowe

  • Born: July 12, 1943
  • Died: December 4, 2015
  • Location: Ottumwa, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ronald Gene Rowe, age 72 of Ottumwa, Iowa passed away Friday, December 04, 2015 at his home after a brave battle with Kidney Cancer.

Ronald was born July 12, 1943 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Margorie Elliott. He served his country in The United States Army from 1960-1963. He was united in marriage to Linda Breckenridge on October 11, 1964.

He was a carpet and flooring installer for over forty years. Floor to Ceiling was the last store he worked out of before his retirement. Ron loved his family and his farm. He was most happy on his tractor or bulldozer putting around the fields.

Ronald is survived by his wife Linda; his children, Lori (Mark Peden) Miller of Ottumwa, Melinda Franklin of Ottumwa, Hayley (Eric) Ballew of Marion, Courtney Hammond of Ottumwa, A. Grant of Ottumwa and Taylor Franklin of Ottumwa; Grandaughters, Darcie (Jason) Essary of Bloomfield, Lindsey (A.J. Rachford) Miller of Ottumwa; step-grandchildren, Cassie Young of Ottumwa and Corey Miller of Ely; great-grandchildren, Chloee Essary, Nigel Essary, Alexis Rowe and Aubrey Ballew.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. A memorial has been designated to either the Good Samaritan Hospice or Kidney Cancer Research and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Rowe Family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to hear of your loss of a good man. we served in the army together in Germany.You came to viste us in the 80s & we came their also.Never forget when he brought the horse in the house.May God be with all of His family.

Posted by larry stitsworth - mishawaka, IN - army buddy   January 16, 2016

Miss you Dad

Posted by Melinda Franklin - Cedar Rapids, IA - He is my Dad   December 10, 2015

Ron was a very smart, wise man. His family is very blessed to have him in their life! You all are in my prayers!

Posted by McKenzie Marsh - Bloomfield, IA - Friend   December 09, 2015

Linda, I wish I was able to be there for you and your family. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Michelle Russell - Omaha, NE   December 08, 2015

Linda, our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Hugs to you all Dave and Carol Palmer

Posted by Carol Palmer - Ottumwa, IA - friend   December 08, 2015

Love and prayers to all of you.

Posted by Lisa Phillips - Ottumwa, IA - Friend/ teacher   December 08, 2015


I will always remember that time Betty and I came out to the farm and Ronnie was out working the barn lot and I went right down there and just watched him. Then I said that looks easy, he said to me to get my a** up on the tractor and do it myself. I got up there and looked at him and said "Ok, how do I do it?" His comment was you damn city boy, don't you know how to run anything? Or something similar to that. I said to him "Nope, I am a city boy and damn proud of it!" That actually got a laugh out of him. I could go on longer about that day but, I will save that for a latter date. Linda, Lori, Melinda, all of the Grand-kids, and Great-Grand-kids, he will always be in our hearts and memories. Prayers for peace in your hearts at this trying time.

Love to all!!!!

Bill "Willie" & Heidi Cox

Posted by Bill & Heidi Cox - Ottumwa, IA - Step-Brother, friend   December 08, 2015

Linda and Family,

Ron was a very special guy. We enjoyed working with him all those years. He was a hard worker and took alot of pride in his work.

He was definitely a One of a Kind Guy that we are sure will be missed.

Roger, Rhonda and Dusty Ware and friends at Floor To Ceiling

Posted by Roger, Rhonda and Dusty Ware - OTTUMWA, IA -   December 07, 2015

Ron and Mike were best friends for years. They spent many hours together. We loved him dearly and will miss him so much. Love you Linda and kids. Candyman & Connie

Posted by Connie Coulter - Centerville, IA - friend   December 04, 2015