Robert Gale Rowan Jr.

Jan 6, 2013 Staff

Robert Gale Rowan Jr., a lifetime resident of Fremont County, died Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013, at his home in Lander, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was 71 years old.

"He touched the lives of all who knew him," family members said.

Robert G. Rowan Jr., known to all as "Bob," was born in Fort Washakie on October 25, 1941, the son of Robert Gale Rowan Sr. and Dolly (Snyder) Rowan.

He graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in 1959. He continued his education at Vermillion, Chadron State and the University of Wyoming where he earned a master's degree in education.

Bob Rowan pent most of his life working as an educator, a coach and in public service on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

On June 8, 1968 he married Judy Williams in Greybull.

Bob loved to fish, hunt, camp, and spend time with family and friends. He also loved teasing most anyone he would encounter.

"Bob was a tremendous storyteller with a larger than life personality," the family said, "and his memory will continue to live in the hearts and minds of all."

Survivors include his wife Judy (Williams) Rowan, brother James Rowan, sisters Mabel Rowan and Judy Brockman. son Robby Rowan, daughter Janelle (Rowan ) Catlin and husband Bill, daughter Gale Rowan,.

Also surviving are grandchildren Keesha, Jaidan, and Kaden, all of Lander, and grandchildren Dylan, Lane, and Cort, all of Gillette.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Rowan Sr. and Dolly S. Rowan; grandparents Smokey and Bessie (Graves) Rowan, and Charley E. and Viola (Herford) Snyder; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Julie Williams; his sister, Valerie Mesteth, and brothers Dean Rowan and Ricky McAdams.

Services are at Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie at 10 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 9, with the Rev. Father Dave Erickson officiating, along with a traditional tribal ceremony and a viewing and feast to follow.

Memorials in his name may be mailed directly to a recipient of the donor's choice.

Service arrangements are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander (

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