MOUNT VERNON — Michael David Rowe, 55, of Mount Vernon passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 20, 1963, in Mount Vernon to Bonnie Jean (Lewis) Rowe and the late David Martin Rowe.
Michael worked in the Maintenance Department at Omega in Sunbury and was a graduate of the real estate program at the Ohio State University, Newark. He was a member of the Central Christian Church in Mount Vernon. His hobbies included but not limited to paintballing with sons, rescuing abandoned animals, especially dogs, taking walks with dogs, motorcycle riding and, since 1980, racing a Pacemakers Dragway Park. Michael had a great respect for our military. He loved spending time with his family and always made sure he got the last word.
Michael is survived by his wife, Martha R. (Siegfried) Rowe, whom he married July 15, 1983; sons, Michael Louis (Suzanna) Rowe of Fredericktown and Shawn Michael (Kristina) Rowe of Bangs; grandchildren, Sidney Rachel Rowe, Shawn Michael Rowe Jr. and Cameron Matthew Rowe; his mother, Bonnie of Mount Vernon; his sister, Traci Lynn (Jim) Rowe-Caple of Hilliard; nieces Alicia Caple, Stephanie Caple, Jordan Caple; aunts, Sharon Baldwin, Leslie (Ron) Harney, Joe (Carol) Miller; his special aunt Joella (Richard) Hunt; special friend, Kevin Lamb; and his canine companions, Sable and Tiger.
In addition to his father, Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, A. Lisle and Velma Lewis; paternal grandparents, Harold and M. June Rowe-Harney; special cousin, Capt. Steve Jason Bradford; and two of his canine companions, Chief and Jasmine.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, with Pastor Ken Springer officiating. A final run at Pacemakers Dragway Park will follow the funeral service and burial will be in Mound View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made to your local animal rescue in Michael’s memory.
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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael David Rowe.