Berton R. Rowe, age 82, of Edon, passed away at 3:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan, where he had been a patient for one week.
Berton was born on June 22, 1929, in Grundy, Va., to Ervin and Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Rowe.
He was an Army veteran, serving his country during the Korean Conflict from 1948 to 1950. During that time he attained the rank of sergeant and served as a medic on the front line. He was awarded several military medals, including a Purple Heart.
After leaving the Army, Berton worked as a coal miner until 1962, when he and his family relocated to Bryan. He then worked for Pet Milk Company until 1984, when he moved to Archbold.
He was employed by ITT Higbea, Inc. in Archbold until his retirement in 1998.
In 2007, he moved to Edon, to be closer to his family.
Berton loved spending time outdoors working in his yard and tending his flower gardens. He was an avid bowler in his younger years and also enjoyed playing golf.
He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the VFW.
Berton is survived by his daughter, Linda (David) Freed of Edon; two grandsons, Jeremy (Stephanie) Cape of Toledo, and Justin (Kelly) Cape of Chicago, Ill.; two stepgrandsons, Dillon and Dalton Freed, both of New York, and one great-grandson, Julian Christian Cape, of Toledo.
He is also survived by one sister, Jean (Tom) Jackson, of Surfside, S.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Solomon Rowe, and three sisters, Delma Compton, Beulah Wood and Geraldine O’Neil.
In honor of Berton’s wishes, there was no viewing. There was a memorial service to celebrate Berton’s life on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, 860 West Mulberry Street, Bryan, with Reverend John MacFarlane officiating.
Interment took place in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan, Ohio with graveside military rites conducted by Bryan VFW Post #2489.
Donations in memory of Berton R. Rowe may be made to Bryan VFW Post #2489 or to the First Baptist Church, Bryan.
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