Archive for Wednesday, June 23, 1999


June 23, 1999



Lenexa -- Memorial services for Robert John Rowlands Jr., 84, Olathe, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Amos Family Chapel, Lenexa. Cremation has been held.

Mr. Rowlands died Saturday, June 19, 1999, at his home.

He was born May 31, 1915, in Lawrence, the son of Robert John Rowlands Sr. and Mary (Markeson) Rowlands.

A graduate of Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence, he graduated from Kansas University in 1938. At KU, Mr. Rowlands joined Phi Gamma Delta, which honored him with its Golden Owl Award for 50 years of membership.

Mr. Rowlands joined the Navy in 1940. While serving on the battleship USS Nevada, he survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and injuries sustained during the allied bombardment on D-Day.

Mr. Rowlands worked at the family-owned Rowlands College Bookstore in Lawrence, then worked for Eastern Airlines, Tappan Stove and LP Gas, before owning and operating Johnson County Blueprint.

He was appointed by Gov. Bob Docking to study the needs of disabled people in Kansas. Mr. Rowlands also was appointed a regional director of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which he served until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Rowlands was Kansas state chairman of the Pearl Harbor Survivors' Assn.; a member of Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter III of Pearl Harbor Survivors' Assn.; co-district commissioner for Mission Valley Pony Club; Midwest regional commissioner for the United States Pony Club; Shawnee Mission Rotary Club, which sponsored his designation as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International; Navy League; and senior vice commander of Louisburg Memorial Post No. 7348.

Mr. Rowlands married fellow naval officer Harriette Duncan Hyde in 1945. She died in 1988.

Survivors include a son, Robert John III, Lenexa, and a daughter, Jennifer Hyde Rowlands, Richmond, Mo.; and a grandchild.

The family will host a reception following services.

The family suggests memorials to the Rotary International Foundation or Pearl Harbor Survivors Scholarship Fund, and they may be sent in care of the funeral chapel, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee 66203.

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