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Obituary: Eldon Rowley

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OASIS - Walter Eldon Rowley, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, age 78, died Sept. 25, 2001 at Provo, Utah.

He was born June 12, 1923 at Deseret, Utah to Hugh Cleveland and Nellie Dean Conk Rowley. On June 5, 1954 he married Mar-Genne Barton. They were sealed in the St. George LDS Temple on March 26, 1966.

Eldon lived and attended school in Garrison, Utah. After completing the 8th grade, the family moved to Deseret so Eldon, Loren, and Vernell could complete their high school education. Eldon graduated from Hinckley High School in 1941. He joined the US Army and served on the Philippine Islands during World War II. Later put in charge of security at the Tokyo Mint during the American occupation of Japan until his discharge from the army on November 21, 1946.

Eldon spent most of his married life farming and ranching in Millard County. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, trapping, and hunting with friends and family.

He was an active member of the Hinckley Lion's Club for many years where he served as president. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in the Sunday School presidency, bishopric, and as Elder's Quorum president. Eldon and MarGenne served a mission at Cove Fort for three years. A friend to all and a great influence in the lives of many people. His greatest joy came from his family, especially his five grandsons.

Survived by son: Eldon Kimble (Sandra) Rowley, Hinckley; daughter: Eljean Rowley, Oasis; five grandsons, Andrew Eldon Rowley, St. George; Peter Edward Rowley, Jared Michael Rowley, Mark Justin Rowley, Timothy Quinn Rowley, all Hinckley. Preceded in death by his wife: MarGenne Barton Rowley; two daughters: Cindy Kaye Rowley, Nannette Rowley; brothers: Clifford Rowley, Loren Delaine Rowley; sister: Vernell Rowley Humphries.

Funeral services will be held Sat., Sept. 29, 2001 at 11 a.m. in the Deseret-Oasis Ward. Friends may call Fri., Sept. 28, 2001 from 7-8 p.m. at the Nickle Mortuary and 10-10:45 a.m. at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Deseret Cemetery.