Dairel W. Rowan, 88, of 19985 Gill St., Meadville, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Marquette Hospice House, Meadville.
Dairel was born in Tallmansville, W.Va., on Nov. 4, 1924, a son of the late Arthur M. and Susan E. Friel Rowan.
On Oct. 8, 2004, Dairel married Lois Turner Anthony, who survives. He had previously married Betty M. Burns on Nov. 22, 1947; she preceded him in death on Aug. 3, 2002.
He was an active member of Wesleyan Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, song leader, class leader, as a trustee and on various committees.
From 1967 until his retirement in 1988, Dairel worked as a self-employed barber in his shop located at 851 Water St. in Meadville. From 1964 to 1966 he served an apprenticeship at the Savoy Hotel Barber Shop. In 1964 he graduated from Cambria County Barber School, Johnstown. He had previously been employed by Culligan Water Conditioning for a period of 10 years.
A World War II veteran, Dairel entered the U.S. Navy on July 26, 1943, and served his country honorably until his discharge on May 12, 1946. Much of his service time was spent in Okinawa, Japan, as a medic. He was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon with one star, the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. Dairel enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing dominoes, singing, playing music, especially on his harmonica, and writing poetry. He will be remembered as a dedicated servant of Jesus who loved God and loved people.
In addition to his wife, Lois, Dairel is survived by four children, Anita Thurber and her husband Karl (Rick) of Meadville, Leonard Rowan and his wife, Marge, of Cambridge Springs, twins Lester Rowan and his wife, Kristina, of Mercer, and Chester Rowan and his wife, Kathy, of Piedmont, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Burford of Clarion; a brother, Delmar Rowan of Cowen, W.Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Betty, of 54 years, Dairel was preceded in death by five sisters, Marguerite Holden, Carol Bailey, Thelma Salsbury, Wilma Tenney and Verna Cunningham; and two brothers, Otis Rowan and Chesley Rowan.
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.
Family and friends are also invited to call Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Wesleyan Methodist Church, 836 N. Main St., Meadville, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., with Pastor Paul Houseworth officiating.
Interment with full military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 will take place in Blooming Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesleyan Methodist Church, 836 N. Main St., or Marquette Hospice House, 13465 N. Wayland Road, both of Meadville, Pa. 16335; or Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn. 37214-0800.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Landefeld, Dr. Zelen, the staff of Meadville Medical Center and the Hospice of Crawford County staff.
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