Louis Rowan, better known as Lou, passed away in Galt, Calif., on April 28, 2014.
Louis was born to Alice and James Rowan in Tullulah, La., in 1924. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army serving in the medical corps during WWII. During a tour in the Philippines, he was wounded twice by enemy sniper fire. His service to his country earned him a Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star.
Following his discharge from the military, Lou enrolled at the University of Oklahoma to study journalism and economics. It was there that he met the love of his life and future bride, June. The couple married in 1948 and grew a family of five children over the next decade.
After many years in newspaper work, including owning the Marvel Messenger in Marvel, Ark., and later working as managing editor of the River News-Herald in Rio Vista ,Calif., Lou left the newspaper world and opted for a career in government service. He worked at the DMV in Fairfield, Calif. as an examiner until his retirement. His hobbies included cooking, carpentry, home improvements and watching sports. He was an avid L.A. Dodgers fan. Lou loved watching vintage western films and reading.
Lou is survived by his wife, June; his children, Ward, Carey, Mary, George (aka Ted) and Ginny; his grandchildren, Jessica, Sarah, Sean, Amanda, Teresa, Joey, Lynda, Mandy, Jessa and Kristy; his great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; and his cat, Socks; Lou was especially close to his niece Melanie.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim; and sister, Betty.
Louis Rowan will be remembered for his graceful southern charm, his patriotism, dry wit and sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him, but especially his family who loved him with all their hearts.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on May 15, 2014, at C.E. Stewart, 189 N. Second St., Rio Vista, CA 94571; (707) 374-2352.