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James E.â€ťJimâ€ť Rowe, Sr., 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born May 4, 1949, in Wabash, he was the son of Kern and Chloe M. (Ferguson) Rowe.
He graduated from Manchester High School with the Class of 1967. On July 24, 1970, he married Brinda F. Collins in Sherwood, Mich.
He worked at Essex Wire and Cable for 32 years, retiring in 2000.
He was a member of Victory Rock Church, Warsaw. Jim was a devoted faithful member of his church. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, jokingly labeled as a backyard mechanic, watching the Chicago Bears, fishing and playing cards.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 43 years, Brinda F. Rowe of Columbia City; children, Holly (Gregg) Porter and Jamee (Rodney) Borton of Columbia City, James (Holly Ann) Rowe, Jr. of Andrews, John Rowe of Columbia City, Krystlinn Rowe of Republic, Mo. and Nicole (Doug) Whiting of Peoria, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and brothers, Frank (Irene) Hartbarger of Mishawaka, Curtis Hartbarger of Tippecanoe and Kernie (Karen) Rowe of North Manchester. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Victory Rock Church,6134 S. 500 East, Warsaw. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church with Pastor Charles Trout officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Annex Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Roweâ€™s memory to Victory Rock Church.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book. Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.