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Duane Rowe 1934 - 2010

Duane Rowe – our beloved “Fred”, age 76, died on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at his home in Lancaster. 

Duane was born July 3, 1934, in Kinross, Iowa, the son of LeRoy and Mamie (Higgins) Rowe.  Duane attended Iowa State University, graduating with a degree in Animal Husbandry.  While at Iowa State Duane became a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.  He served in both the United States Army and the United States Army Reserves. Duane was employed as an agricultural loan officer and vice president for Union State Bank and as a loan officer for Federal Land Bank, but his first love was farming.  In 1979 he and daughter Dee went into business together raising Simmental cattle and his gorgeous American Quarter Horses.

Duane loved children and was never too busy to saddle up a pony or take a wide-eyed youngster on their first tractor ride.  Duane was a friend to all, a negotiator and peacemaker.  He was well-read and educated and could strike up an interesting conversation with everyone he met.  For the last 15 years Duane immersed himself in loving extended family and friends and he left us surrounded with love, respect and a tremendous sense of what we have lost.

On a perfect, sunny day, in the middle of the Fall harvest, a horse-drawn wagon carried Duane's flag-draped casket, leading the procession through the town he loved, up the hill to Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, WI for burial with military honors.  

Duane will be missed by his loving partner Sally Metcalf, his family and friends, all of the children who so dearly loved to visit “Fred’s” farm over the years and by all the wonderful owners of Rowe Quarter Horses.

A Duane O. Rowe Memorial Fund has been established.


Wagon provided by Duane's friends at Dotzenrod Carriages, Decorah, Iowa


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