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William Francis Rowe Jr., 89, of Alpharetta, Ga., passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
He was the son of William Francis and Mary Chesley Rowe of Fredericksburg. Mr. Rowe attended Fork Union Military Academy and the University of Richmond.
He was drafted during his freshman year into the Army. He served his country as an engineer in the 29th Infantry Division during World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach in the second wave on June 6, 1944. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
After returning to the United States aboard the Queen Mary he re-enrolled at the University of Richmond. Mr. Rowe began a career with The Travelers Insurance Co., living in Baltimore; Richmond; Hartford, Conn.; and Atlanta. He retired as southeastern regional vice president after 37 years.
After retirement, Mr. Rowe volunteered at North Fulton Hospital, No Longer Bound and Habitat for Humanity. He also served as president of the North Farm Resident Association and the Somerby Resident Association. He was an avid wood-worker and tennis player, and traveled extensively with his wife, visiting five of the seven continents.
Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Rowe; daughter Sara Costner (Ray); sons William F. III (Claire) and Chesley (Rachel); nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
A memorial service was held in Atlanta. A graveside service will be held at
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the William F. Rowe Jr. scholarship fund at the University of Richmond or to the Midway United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, GA 30004.