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Obituary: Donald A Rowberry

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1916 ~ 2003

Donald A Rowberry passed away August 23, 2003 of natural causes.

Don was born April 22, 1916 in Iona, Idaho to Harold E. and Della Armstrong Rowberry. Raised in Idaho Falls, he enjoyed many interests, including sports and playing saxophone in a dance band. He served a two-year mission in the southern states, and then served in the Coast Guard and Navy during World War II. His professional career began with Sonotone Hearing Aids in Southern California. He was a top salesman with Home Life Insurance Co. in San Jose. In 1964, he moved to Vancouver, where he co-founded B.C. Life and Casualty. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the first Bishop of the Saratoga Ward in California, and in 1991, he and his wife Helen, served a Russian-speaking mission in New Foundland.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, of Surrey, British Columbia; his children Jon (Larraine), Alan (Patti), Robert (Joyce), Mark (Jacquelyn), Michelle, and Lisa (Craig) Bresett, as well as 24 grandchildren; four great-grand-children; a brother, Harold (Rita) Rowberry; sisters, Beth (Keith) Olsen, and Kara (Gary) Haddock; sisters-in-law, Artell (John) Dalling, and Vonda Rowberry. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held September 6, 2003, at the Wood Mortuary in Idaho Falls, Idaho at 2:00 p.m. Visitation and viewing will begin at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Iona Cemetery. A funeral service was also held earlier in the week in Surrey, B.C.