Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Reverend Magrey deVega officiated. Burial was in the Newell,Ia Cemetery. There was a Masonic service on Thurday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Nate was born on June 2, 1921 in Fonda to Prospro L. and Ora B (Couch) Rowen. He was married to Pauline M. Johnson on June 5, 1943 in Albert City. He had worked for the Illinois Central Railroad as a Railroad Agent for 40 years, retiring June 1, 1982.
He had lived in Bonner Springs for two years prior to this in Cherokee for many years and had also lived in Washta, Duncombe, Rock Rapids and Marcus for 16 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Lions Club, Cherokee Country Club, Morse Telegraph Club, a 50 year member of Speculative Lodge #307 A.F. and A.M., the York Rite Bodies and the Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple. He enjoyed golf, various club activities, playing cards, reading and stamp collecting.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Pauline on Sept. 9, 2003.
He is survived by three children: Bruce Rowen and his wife Fran Hill-Rowen of St. Cloud, Minn. Kathy Thacker and her husband Curtis of Bonner Springs, Kan.; Kris Reinert of Bonner Springs, Kan.; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one brother and one sister, Loys D. Rowen and his wife Marge of Denison, Delia J. Witte and her husband Rothe of Phoenix, Ariz.