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William Parley Rowley III, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, returned to his Heavenly Home August 28, 1994, ending his struggle with diabetes.

Bill was born March 2, 1929, in Provo, Utah, to William Parley Rowley, Jr. and LaRue Edwards. His father passed away when he was very young. His mother then married Erastus Snow Haws. Bill fulfilled an LDS Mission in the Texas Louisiana mission, then married Leona Merle Bahr in the Salt Lake Temple on Feb. 27, 1952. They raised six children. Bill's life was devoted to helping others, especially the youth. He honorably held many callings in the LDS Church, including bishoprics, stake presidencies, High Council and beloved bishop of Center Ward. He gave countless hours of service and counsel to many. Bill loved the out-of-doors, especially 4-wheeling. Many lives were touched for the better while 4-wheeling at Simpson Springs, or at his cabin outside of Fairview, Utah. Loved Scouting, and attended Woodbadge. Fulfilled a second mission, with Leona, to Jackson, Mississippi. He generously supported numerous missionaries.The majority of Bill's business life was spent processing produce. He jointly owned Reed and Rowley, then owned Rowley and Co.

Surviving family members include his children and their spouses: Ronald (Patricia), Kearns; Ramona (Dean) Murray, Kaysville; Mary (Scotty) Mortensen, West Jordan; Larry (Janet), West Jordan; Marvin (Shirley), Fruitland, Idaho; and David (Kelene), Riverton; Steve Roberts, who lived with the family, three sisters and one brother and 28 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 31, 12 noon, at Riverside Stake Center, 1100 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call Tuesday evening at the Center Ward, 9th North and Starcrest between 6-8 p.m. or Wednesday at the Riverside Stake Center 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Estates, 6500 So. Redwood Road.

Little Bill the Wrangler, he'll wrangle forever more. His days upon the earth, they are done. He has returned back to his real mother and father.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Center Ward Missionary Fund, attention Mark Unsworth, 1916 Zachary Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116.

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