May 18, 1927 — March 14, 2012
Claude “Bill” Rowan, 84, of Port Clinton, died Wednesday, March 14, at Edgewood Manor Nursing Center in Port Clinton with his family by his side. He was born on May 18, 1927, in Detroit, the son of the late John Archibald and Agnes Lawrie (Newton) Rowan. Bill was a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He worked for 41 years with Chevrolet, retiring in 1985 as the Plant Manager from their transmission plant in Muncie, Indiana. He was a member of The Chapel in Huron, Ohio. Bill was a Past Master of the A.H. Stevens Masonic Lodge in Rocky River. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was inducted into the Scottish Rite. As an avid sailor, Bill was a member of the yachtsman’s association at the Catawba Island Club. He also supported the Ottawa County 4H Equestrian group. While retired he worked as a substitute teacher at the Oak Harbor Middle School, teaching language arts and social studies. His hobbies included woodworking, especially making cherry cabinets, and working with stained glass.
Survivors include his wife, Joan (McCarthy) whom he married on July 11, 1992; son: Roger (Kristi) Rowan, Sparta, New Jersey; daughters: Barbara (Glen) Beyer, Dallas, Texas; Laurie (Les) Barnett, Carmel, Indiana; step son: Jeff (Jill) Names, Cleveland, Ohio; step daughter: Cheryl Names, Astoria, Queens, New York; grandchildren: Jennifer Taylor, Meghan (J.P.) Cherry, Adam Beyer, Russell Rowan, Tom Barnett; great grandson: Damian Cherry; and former wife Renna (Melhuish) Rowan.
Per Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation and memorial services will be held at a later date. Bill was an avid sailor, and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Port Clinton Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program Inc. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com.
The Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.