Kelly Rowen, 70, of Halfway, Oregon died at his home on Sunday, November 10, 2019 surrounded by his family."God needed a cowboy in Heaven" A Celebration of Kelly’s Life and potluck (meat will be provided) will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. at the Halfway Lions Hall.
Kelly Rowen was born on March 16, 1949 to Con & Beth Rowen in Baker. He enjoyed a ranch lifestyle from then on. Riding horses and hunting sparrows with his sister were his childhood pleasures.
He attended schools in Halfway and graduated from Pine Valley High School in 1967. After high school he attended Eastern Oregon College where he met Susan Reagan, the love of his life. They married September 11, 1971 in Baker, Oregon. They graduated together and moved back to Halfway where Sue started her teaching career. Kelly went back to working with his dad on the family ranch. He loved the lifestyle and with his dad, they built up the ranch.
They were blessed with three children. Casey, Cammie and Jake made their lives complete. Kelly loved watching his children grow. He was an avid sports fan and traveled to any game or activity his kids were involved in. Kelly was most proud of his children and their accomplishments.
The family worked together and became the backbone of Rowen Ranch. Whether working cows, hunting or just having a wiener roast, everyone was involved. They all worked or they all played.
Kelly loved his family, especially his grandkids. Poppa was their hero. Big hugs and naps on Poppa were everyday occurrences.
Kelly told Sue he will be waiting for her on a park bench in Heaven.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Con and Beth Rowen, and his brother-in-law, Kerry Macomber.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, son, Casey (Kim), daughter, Cammie (Chris),and son, Jake (Katie); Grandkids include: Kerri, Kadie, Kira, Bethany, Jackson, Isaiah, Kayleen, Rowen, Maycee, and Jace; his sister Gayla (Lexy,Dave, Ryan, Natalie) and sister-in-law Sharon (Jim, Amy, Eric, Dylan, Logan, Katie, Patrick, Tyler).
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Kelly, the family suggests Heart n' Home (Opal Foundation) or MISTI Cancer Treatment Center in Fruitland, Idaho through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
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