Eldred Lawrence “Larry” Rowe passed away in Colorado Springs on June 27th, 2013. He was born on February 27th 1939 in Long Beach, CA to Phil Edwin Rowe and Margaret May Eldridge Rowe. He lived with his parents in Long Beach and with his maternal grandparents George and Mary Eldridge in Spring Valley, Nevada. The whole family moved to settle on the Bassett Ranch in Spring Valley when he was about five. They lived in a log cabin in Spring Valley, and it was his later responsibility every day to irrigate the orchard and carry water up from the creek to the vegetable garden. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse and taught by his mother. He helped his parents and grandparents raise sheep and cattle on the Bassett Ranch. He was quite active in 4-H, showing the fruit of his labors.
Larry “grew up on the back of a horse” and his favorite thing to do was ride his horse “Sunshine” on the Schell Range at Mt. Moriah with his grandfather, George Eldridge, a kind and incredibly hard-working man who taught him about personal integrity, ranching, and “gentling” horses to ride. He attended Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, graduated in 1956 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics/Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1965. On Aug 10th 1962, he married the love of his life, Laura Evelyn Lambert of Ely, NV. He worked briefly for Kennecott Mining and the Bureau of Land Management before receiving his commission in the Army in 1965.
He served as Platoon Leader, 101st MP Company, 101st Airborne Division and then one year in Vietnam as Executive Officer in 545th MP Company in the 1st Cavalry Division. Among his assignments after Vietnam, he served as Commander for the Army Guard of the Marine One Presidential Helicopter at the White House. During this service he earned the Presidential (White House) Service Badge. His daughter, Laura Linda, was born in 1969 at Homestead Air Force base, FL. His daughter, Heather, was born in Ely, NV in 1973, after which the whole family moved to Germany where he served four years in Heidelberg and Stuttgart.
After his active duty years Larry continued to serve in the Army Reserves. He most enjoyed his time as a Battalion Commander in the 85th Armor Division. Training with his fellow soldiers and performing tank maneuvers, was some of his favorite work in the Army. He earned the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Combat Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and many others.
Upon Army retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel, Larry worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Chicago, IL, then Federal Service for Fourth Army, Ft. Sheridan, IL. He retired from Federal Service as a GM-14, the Personnel Manager for the Army Reserves at Ft. McPherson, GA.
Larry became a devoted Christian and his love for God was most important in his life. Committed to his family, he encouraged each in their walk with the Lord. His legacy of faith in Jesus Christ, love for the United States, and appreciation for Colorado and the west is strong in his survivors and will live on. Larry Rowe and his wife Laura celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last summer in Colorado surrounded by all their children and grandchildren. Words cannot express how much he will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, his daughter Laura Linda (Daniel) Jones, his daughter Heather Mary (Marcus) Porter, grandchildren Laurel, Selena, Elaina, Lydia, Marielle, Nathaniel, and Carlton Jones, niece Lyra Rowe, niece Ann Bush (Fritz) Wichterman, and nephew Dirk (Angela MacLeod) Bush, and brother-in-law Bob Ostlund.
Preceding Larry in death were his brother Terry Rowe, his sister Kathy Rowe Bush, his mother Margaret May Eldridge Rowe, his father Phil Edwin Rowe, and his grandparents George and Mary Eldridge. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lupus Foundation of America are appreciated.
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