Russell Gene Rowden, 96, passed away May 10, 2021.
Russell was born on July 12, 1924 in Bennett Springs, MO. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Rowden and Amanda Smith-Rowden, wife Jeanette Rowden, brothers George Rowden, Fritz Rowden and James Rowden, sister Pauline Rowden and child Cathy Ann Blunt.
Survivors include sisters Dorothy Snow, Mary Hohenfeldt, children Melvin Blunt, Tim and Kathy Rowden, Charlie Rowden, Marty Rowden, Bob Rowden and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Russell is a twenty plus year retired Navy Veteran. He served most of his time aboard the USS Wesson and the USS Cotten, both from the US Navy Destroyer class. He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer and First-Class Signalman.
Russell’s hobbies included fishing and playing pool. He particularly enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and loved to watch them play. Their smiles and laughter always lifted his spirits and made him very happy.