Richard A. Rowland
November 29, 1923 – August 4, 2021
Age 97 years. Preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine M. Rowland. Survived by his daughter, Leslie Ann Myers (William L.); grandchildren, Rick Myers (Bernita Beickmann) and Stacey Myers; great-grandchildren, Ava and Emma Myers.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 11th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by MASONIC SERVICE at 7pm. FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, August 12th at 11am, West Center Chapel. Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park, with Military Honors by American Legion Post #1. Memorials are suggested to Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha or Dallas Lutheran School in Dallas, TX.
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Richard A. Rowland passed away peacefully at home on August 4, 2021. He was born in Tracy, MN on November 29, 1923. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, fondly called “Laurie” by all who knew her during their 62 years of marriage. Richard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Ann and William L. Myers of Omaha; granddaughter, Stacey Lorraine Myers of Omaha; grandson, Richard Lee Myers and his wife, Bernita Jean Beickmann of Dallas, TX; great-granddaughters, Ava Katherine and Emma Elizabeth Myers.
After High School graduation in Tracy, MN, Richard enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Rapid City, SD where he met Lorraine. They were married on June 12, 1945. He had several military assignments while in the U.S. Army, and after discharge in December of 1946 he returned to Rapid City where he earned his chemical engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines. In 1947 their only child, Leslie Ann, was born in Rapid City. In 1949 Richard and Lorraine moved to Fort Peck, Montana, beginning his career with the Corps of Engineers. They then went to Bismarck, ND, and after that, to Omaha in 1956.
In January of 1979 he retired from the planning division of the Corps of Engineers. He then took the LSAT exam and was accepted into the University of Nebraska Law School, graduating two and one half years later. He opened his own practice, and later joined the law firm of Quinn and Wright. After practicing law for 25 years, he retired at the age of 82.
Richard had many hobbies over the years, to include designing and making jewelry; designing, refinishing and building furniture; lapidary; ceramic pottery; oil painting; and building model ships. He had a knack for flowers and gardening. At the age of 90, Richard rebuilt their rock wall and steps, in addition to designing and building a new fence for their dog, Shadow.
Golfing was a passion during Richard’s lifetime. He had six holes-in-one between the ages of 85 and 92! He was in golf leagues with the Corps of Engineers and for several years played with son-in-law, Bill, with the Eastern Nebraska Senior Golf group.
In the last years of his life, Richard and Leslie Ann and Bill lived together. Richard’s health had declined due to dementia and heart issues. We were all so thankful for those years and that he was with us at home when he passed away. We love you, Dad!