Richard “Dick” Dea Rowland, 92, of Edgewater Florida, formerly of Sylvania Ohio, died Monday, March 11, 2013 with his daughter by his side. Dick was born December 25, 1920 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Clara and Earl Rowland. He graduated from Devilbiss High School, Class of 1938. After high school he became an optician. Dick enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served with the 409th Infantry 103rd Division. He was proud to serve during WW II as an optician and a surgical technician and received two Bronze Stars and the Victory Medal for his pledge to his country. After serving in the military, he began his career with the US Postal Service, as a postal clerk in the Railway Mail Service. He retired as a supervisor for the Toledo Post Office. Dick married Stella Skrzyniecki in 1965, who preceded him in death in 1990. They moved to Edgewater, FL in 1980 and enjoyed dancing, golfing and attending the 103rd Infantry “Cactus” Division reunions. Throughout his life he had a passion for cars and battleships. Dick was always a gentleman and loved a good conversation. He is survived by his daughter, Beth and her husband, Curtis Coakley of George Town, Exuma Bahamas; two nephews, William Rowland, Martin and Barbara Lauer of Toledo; three nieces, Carla Rowland Cammarn of Toledo, Marcene and Ray Ballmer of Florida, and Barbara Kleeberger of Cleveland, dear friends, David and Joanne Stops of Edgewater and extended family and friends.
Services will be held at 11 am, Saturday March 23rd at Ansberg West Funeral Home 3000 Sylvania Ave. www.ansberg-west.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Warrior Canine Connection 23222 Georgia Ave. Brookeville MD, 20833. (www.warriorcanineconnection.org)