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Sherman Carl Rowley

May 29, 1952 January 13, 2020
Sherman Carl Rowley
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Sherm Rowley was a devoted family man. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, nothing brought him greater joy than the time he spent with his close-knit family. He lived his life fully enjoying his love of woodworking and generously giving his time and resources to serve the greater community. A charming person who sincerely loved all people, there simply wasn’t anything that Sherm wouldn’t do for anyone he met, especially his family. He leaves behind a warm collection of memories to be cherished by all who knew and loved him.
Despite the war in Korea, by 1952 Americans considered themselves to be prospering. Nearly three out of five families owned a car and more than half of families owned televisions in their homes. That same year, Richard Lawrence and Mary Alma (Paden) Rowley welcomed home their newborn son, Sherman, in Lansing, Michigan on May 29th. His birth brought great joy and happiness to his parents.
Sherm was born with an innate nature of curiosity and discovery. He loved to take things apart and see how they worked as well as get his hands dirty on a project at a young age. As a matter of fact, one of his greatest accomplishments as a youngster was the long hours of helping his father shave telephone poles for the log cabin home they built together. Little did he know the log cabin would later serve as the perfect setting for the proposal to his future bride! Sherm also learned to love muzzle loading and attended many competitions with the entire family as a young adolescent. These years seemed to fly by as he also played the drum in the marching band as well as managed his studies.
Graduating with the Class of 1970 from Dewitt High School, Sherm enrolled at Lansing Community College. Just two years later in 1972, he was drafted into the United States Army during wartime. Not to be forgotten, however, was the meeting of the woman who would steal his heart forever, Shirley J. Fish! He met her while attending his sister Christine’s party and the rest was history! Joining in marriage on March 4, 1973, at Grace Lutheran Church in Lansing, they were eager to start their journey in Germany where he was stationed for the next eighteen months. Sherm was very proud of his years of service and grateful that the two of them were able to travel throughout Europe as newlyweds. Honorably discharged by 1974, Sherm returned to complete his Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University. By 1977, he had also completed his license to practice mortuary science. His lifelong career began as an apprentice with Palmer-Bush Funeral Home in Lansing. By then, he and Shirley had welcomed their twin daughters into their hearts and home. Later they relocated to Mt. Pleasant where he started working for Stinson-Helms Funeral Home in 1979. In 1980 they welcomed home their son, completing their family.
Blessed with a successful life in the funeral business as well as a wonderful family, Sherm never took a single day for granted. He treasured their years of vacationing together and was a very active father. Sherm valued education and supported his children throughout their early years in school as well as helped them with their college degrees. A hard worker, he provided the very best for each of them yet made sure that he also balanced spending quality time with them as well. He took great pride in his role as a father. By the time they were grown and starting families of their own, Sherm purchased the funeral home in 2010. He was the proud owner and operator of Rowley Funeral Home until his retirement on August 30, 2018, when his business merged with Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home.
During his career, he served countless families with dignity and respect. He also was very active in the community he loved serving as past-president, treasurer, and secretary of Kiwanis, past-president of the John H. Goodrow Board, a member of the Board of Pardee Cancer and volunteered as a treasurer for Christmas Outreach for a remarkable thirty-five years. Whenever he managed to find any time for himself, Sherm cherished making handmade wooden chests for each of his grandchildren, his special friends in Wisconsin, as well as a special chest that he donated to the John H. Goodrow Fund. A lover of the outdoors, he also spent many years traveling and camping. He was fond of dirt biking riding with his son, Jake and enjoyed helping with any type of project or home repair.
Despite his satisfying career and years as a father, nothing prepared his heart for the feelings he would have as a grandfather. He enjoyed spending time cheering them on at their soccer events, musicals, dance recitals, basketball games, Cub Scout activities, and sharing special celebrations with them. Sherm wanted nothing more than to share in their every success and watch them grow into loving and capable young people. He will long be known for his deep compassion for others. Sherm's kind and gentle ways will surely be missed by his many special friends, his loving family, and all those whose lives have been touched by his grace. Always remember, as Sherm often said, “Every day is a gift.”
Sherman Rowley, age 67, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor with his loving family by his side. He was a dedicated community member of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan where he resided for the past forty years. Sherm leaves behind his loving wife of forty-six years, Shirley; twin daughters, Sarah (Heath) Nestle and Ann (Chad) Hill; son, Jacob (Christine) Rowley; and grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Hill, Andrew and Melody Rowley, and Benjamin and Brayden Nestle. Also surviving are his siblings, Christine Reist (Jim Rush) of Charlotte and Timothy (Lucy) Rowley of Monroe.
To celebrate Sherman’s life, a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 18, at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home (Stinson-Helms & Rowley Chapels) with the Rev. Connie Bongard officiating. Immediately following, all are invited to join the family for a luncheon in the Lincoln Reception Center (attached to the funeral home). Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery following the meal. Friends are welcome to pay their respects at the funeral home on Friday from 3-8 p.m. and on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider organizations that were dear to Sherm’s heart: Kiwanis, John H. Goodrow Fund, Pardee Cancer Treatment, or Christmas Outreach for Isabella County. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave a condolence for the family or to sign the online guest book please visit www.CharlesRLux.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

17

Jan

3:00 PM 1/17/2020 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/17/2020 8:00:00 PM
Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home

2300 S. Lincoln
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home
2300 S. Lincoln Mt. Pleasant 48858 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

18

Jan

10:00 AM 1/18/2020 10:00:00 AM
Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home

2300 S. Lincoln
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service

Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home
2300 S. Lincoln Mt. Pleasant 48858 MI
United States

Luncheon

Saturday

18

Jan

11:00 AM 1/18/2020 11:00:00 AM
Lincoln Reception Center

2300 S. Lincoln Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Lincoln Reception Center
2300 S. Lincoln Rd. Mt. Pleasant 48858 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Riverside Cemetery Final Resting Place

West Broadway Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

West Broadway Street Mount Pleasant 48858 MI
United States
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