In memory of
Kenneth Arnold ROWE
In memory of
Kenneth Arnold ROWE
ROWE, Kenneth Arnold, passed peacefully in his home on July 29, 2012 with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Mabel Rowe; sisters, Shirley Duval and Marcia Weber; and daughter, Shireen Allen. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Loretta Rowe; sons, Mark Rowe and John Mertens; five grandchildren, Meredith Rowe, Tyler Rowe, Catherine Coday, Anne Smith and Tara Chevalier; and four great-grandchildren. He was born in Kenosha, Wis., and served with distinction during two Aviation careers - one in the Military and one in Civil Aviation. His military career began in December 1942 and he became a 4-engine bomber pilot at age 19. He flew 13 combat missions from England in the Mighty 8 Air Force, was shot down twice and liberated from a POW camp at Moosburg, Germany when WWII ended in May 1945. After 21 years of active duty, he retired from the USAF in 1963 as a Major and Command Pilot with 5,451 flying hours. Upon retiring, he accepted a flying assignment with administrative duties in the Virginia Department of Aviation. His 30-plus years spanned eight Governor Administrations for Virginia's Aviation Community and was highlighted by an appointment as Director by Governor Robb. He was reappointed by Governor Baliles who included Aviation in his historic Virginia Transportation Trust Fund which increased aviation funding tenfold and continues in existence today. After being reappointed by Governor Wilder, he retired at the end of his term at age 69. During his military career, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with one OLC, the Purple Heart, the POW Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. During his Civil Aviation career, he was honored to serve as President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials and received many awards and recognitions highlighted by the National Air Transportation Association's "Ong Memorial Leadership Award," the National Aeronautic Association's "Elder Statesman of Aviation Award" in 1993 and induction into the "Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame" in 1994 by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. A Memorial Service will be held at the Virginia Aviation Museum August 10 at 2 p.m., and a funeral service with honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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In memory of
Kenneth Arnold ROWE
ROWE, Kenneth Arnold, passed peacefully in his home on July 29, 2012 with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Mabel Rowe; sisters, Shirley Duval and Marcia Weber; and daughter, Shireen Allen. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Loretta Rowe; sons, Mark Rowe and John Mertens; five grandchildren, Meredith Rowe, Tyler Rowe, Catherine Coday, Anne Smith and Tara Chevalier; and four great-grandchildren. He was born in Kenosha, Wis., and served with distinction during two Aviation careers - one in the Military and one in Civil Aviation. His military career began in December 1942 and he became a 4-engine bomber pilot at age 19. He flew 13 combat missions from England in the Mighty 8 Air Force, was shot down twice and liberated from a POW camp at Moosburg, Germany when WWII ended in May 1945. After 21 years of active duty, he retired from the USAF in 1963 as a Major and Command Pilot with 5,451 flying hours. Upon retiring, he accepted a flying assignment with administrative duties in the Virginia Department of Aviation. His 30-plus years spanned eight Governor Administrations for Virginia's Aviation Community and was highlighted by an appointment as Director by Governor Robb. He was reappointed by Governor Baliles who included Aviation in his historic Virginia Transportation Trust Fund which increased aviation funding tenfold and continues in existence today. After being reappointed by Governor Wilder, he retired at the end of his term at age 69. During his military career, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with one OLC, the Purple Heart, the POW Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. During his Civil Aviation career, he was honored to serve as President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials and received many awards and recognitions highlighted by the National Air Transportation Association's "Ong Memorial Leadership Award," the National Aeronautic Association's "Elder Statesman of Aviation Award" in 1993 and induction into the "Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame" in 1994 by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. A Memorial Service will be held at the Virginia Aviation Museum August 10 at 2 p.m., and a funeral service with honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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