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Richard Harry Rowe, 89, of 222 Parkview Street, Plymouth, Indiana, and formerly of the Argos community passed away on April 12, 2020, at 11:45 a.m. at Pilgrim Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Services where he had been a resident for several years.
On October 19, 1930, in Argos, Indiana, he was born to George Rowe and Minnie Belle (Emmons) Rowe. Richard had lived all of his life in Marshall County. He owned the family farm he shared with his parents.
“Uncle Dick,” as many younger family members called him, was a farmer, raised vegetables in a large garden and for many years worked for his neighbor, Hugh Umbaugh. Besides raising vegetables for his family, he often had a “pet pig” in his barn. His green thumb also produced an amazing flower garden with a beautiful assortment of flowers, but he was most proud of his 300+ gladiolus.
On June 12, 1993, he married Virginia “Ginny” (Lolmaugh) France. They shared 11 years together before she passed away on December 24, 2004. Also preceding him were his parents and younger brothers, Bud and Jack.
Richard is survived by his brother, Gene E. Rowe and his wife, Patty, of Argos; sister-in-law, Janet Rowe of Argos; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Rowe) Keller of Fishers; nine nieces and nephews, Rod (Kristin) Rowe; Steve (Cindy) Rowe; Tracy Rowe; Becky Rowe; Sharon Phillips; Robin (John) King; Devon (Gail) Rowe; Brad Rowe; and Pam Mechling. He is also survived by 21 grandnieces and grandnephews as well as 21 great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Also surviving Richard is his dear caregiver and best friend, Donna Hartz of Culver.
Richard loved children and children were drawn to him. He was a sweet Christian soul and studied the Bible, often sharing Bible verses with others. He was a member of the Plymouth Missionary Church.
Richard’s life will be celebrated with a private family graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery officiated by Pastor Matt Lawrence of the Plymouth Missionary Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, 11165 13th Road, Plymouth, Indiana 46563.
Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana
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