Ruben Carroll Rowe, lifelong resident of Burbank, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Talihina Veterans Center in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was 82 years of age.
Ruben was born October 30, 1928 on the Carroll Ranch at Littlechief, Oklahoma, the son of Homie Cammell Rowe and Martha Mildred Wayman Rowe. He was a 1949 graduate of Burbank High School. He was married to JoAnn Rankin on January 15, 1950 in Burbank. Ruben enlisted in the United States Army on September 14, 1949 at Pawhuska and served his country during the Korean War where he was awarded the army Occupational Medal Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Army on December 14, 1952. Ruben was active in his younger days as a bullrider and bulldogger and continued to be involved in farming and ranching throughout his life.
Ruben was employed as a pumpermechanic with the Chevron Oil Company, retiring after 30 years of employment. He was a member of the American Legion and the Burbank First Baptist Church. His enjoyments throughout the years was watching western movies, coyote hunting, working on mechanical projects, farming, ranching and anything that was western in nature.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of the home three children, Joe C. Rowe and wife, Peggy, of Burbank, Michael L. Rowe of Burbank, and Carol Ann Baur and husband, David, of Ponca City 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents one brother, Richard D. Rowe and one grandson, Joseph L. Cox.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the Burbank First Baptist Church, on the corner of 1st and Carlton in Burbank. Interment will follow in the Burbank Cemetery under the direction of the HunsakerWooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Casket bearers will be Clint McClure, Michael Rowe, Travis Rowe, Jeremy Rowe, David Baur Jr. and Bob Clover. Honorary casket bearers will be George Wayman, Wayman J. Bryan, Paul Thomas and John Anthony.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Burbank First Baptist Church, Burbank, Oklahoma 74633.