News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 24, 2011

Wilburn H. “Dutch” Rowe


The Tribune-Star

JASONVILLE — JASONVILLE — Wilburn H. “Dutch” Rowe, 96, of Jasonville, passed away at 7 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011, in his residence. He was born June 24, 1914, in Clay County, to Frank B. Rowe and Nettie (Horton) Rowe.

Survivors include his spouse of 69 years, Mary Juanita (Short) Rowe, whom he married on March 14, 1942; son and daughter-in-law, John and Debi Rowe of Worthington; grandchildren, Cortney and Greg Givens of Jasonville, Lucas John Rowe of Terre Haute, and Jess Aaron Rowe of Jasonville; and great-grandchildren, Griffith Givens and Moses Givens. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Orpha Blanche Crenshaw.

He worked for his dad at their coal mine, was a teacher in Jasonville, principal at Prairieton, and worked at Worthington-Jefferson School Corp., for 18 years as teacher, principal and guidance counselor. Dutch and Juanita did extensive traveling in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Alaska. He graduated from Coalmont High School in 1932, received his elementary teacher’s certificate in 1938, bachelor’s degree from Indiana State Teacher’s College, and also his master’s degree in 1956, and his principal’s license, counselor’s license and superintendent’s license. He was a member of Indiana State Teachers’ Association, had been a member and attended the Jasonville First Baptist Church, and more recently was a member and attended Lebanon Baptist Church.

Services are 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Cox Funeral Home, 218 S. Meridian St., with Pastor Brad Darr officiating. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 p.m. until services Thursday. Interment will follow at a later date. Contributions may be made in memory of Dutch to The Greene County Foundation. All contributions will be used for academic scholarships. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.