Kenneth A. Rowell

Kenneth A. Rowell

Sept. 21, 1946 – June 27, 2019

Kenneth A. Rowell, 72, of Anchor Point, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Unity Point Health Methodist ICU in Peoria, Illinois, after several bouts with pneumonia.

He was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Peoria, Illinois, to Harold and Eunice Schweigert Rowell.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Price Rowell and was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles.

Ken graduated from Tremont High School in 1964 and the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature in 1973.

He served in the U.S. Army in the military intelligence branch from 1968 to 1971. It was while stationed on the east coast that he met his wife.

In June 1974 Ken fulfilled his lifelong dream of going to Alaska settling in Anchorage. He worked as a journeyman carpenter and then for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. After health issues forced his early retirement, he and his wife moved to rural Anchor Point. Ken designed and oversaw the construction of their dream house there, he did all of the finish work himself, and crafted unique pieces of furniture in his workshop. He looked forward to at least one yearly visit to his family “cabin” on the Mackinaw River in Tremont, Illinois, and visiting with family and old friends.

There will be an open house to celebrate Ken’s life and creativity and to share memories at his home from 3-6 p.m. on his birthday, Sept. 21, 2019, at 65310 Tomski Ave., Anchor Point. Call 235-1209 for directions.

Donations in Ken’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.