Passing of a Patriot

December 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Charles Ray Rowson

On June 26, 2010, Janice and I met a group of Honor Flight World War II veterans just outside of the World War II memorial in Washington DC. One of them was Johnny Pennebaker. When we told Mr. Pennebaker that we were from Jefferson City, Missouri, he said that he had a friend named Charles Rowson who lived not far from us in Fulton, Mo. Johnny Pennebaker fought alongside of Charles Rowson for 2 years in the Pacific. Mr. Pennebaker said that it had been some time since he had seen his friend, so I took his picture and promised that I would see that Charles Rowson got it. I delivered on that promise on July 7, 2010 when I took 2 8×10’s of Mr. Pennebaker to Charles Rowson.

Today, I learned that Charles Rowson has passed. Please keep this Patriot and his family in your thoughts and prayers, especially over the holidays.

Obituary from the Fulton Sun:

Charles Ray Rowson
May 3, 1923 – December 12, 2012
Charles Ray Rowson, age 89, of Fulton, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Fulton Manor Care Center. He was born May 3, 1923, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of the late Lester and Anna (Frankum) Rowson. On June 16, 1946, he married Lavawn Johnson at the Johnson home near Moorefield, Nebraska. Charles graduated in 1940 from Hooper High School, Hooper, Nebraska. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific and Philippines from August 1943 thru February 1946. After his service to his country, he worked at Rosedale Ranch near North Platte, Nebraska for 16 years, six of those as manager. He was employed in Soil Conservation Service 15 years in Callaway County and three years in Boone County. Charles always had a special interest in soil and water conservation, farming and ranching. He also worked several years at Callaway Farmer’s Equipment and Merten’s Construction. He retired in 1990, after working as Ag Representative at the Callaway Bank. Charlie was a member and deacon of the First Christian Church and member and Past Noble Grand of Odd Fellows Lodge Number 105. He was a charter member and Past President of Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club. He was a member of VFW Post 2657 in Fulton and American Legion Post 163 in North Platte, Nebraska. He is survived by Lavawn, his wife of 66 years; one daughter Donna (Norman) Rainey of Independence, Oregon; one son, Mike (Becky) Rowson of Columbia, Mo.; one sister Helen (Richard) Kimball of North Platte, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Chris Rainey, of LaCenter, Washington; Mark Rainey, Seattle, Washington; Scott Rowson, Columbia, Mo. and Amy Rowson of Ashland, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Jordan Rainey, Logan Rainey, Ryland Rainey, Beckett Rowson and Ayla Rowson. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia McCaig and Effie Hyde and two brothers; Roy Rowson and John Rowson. Funeral services will be held at Debo Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, with Rev. Ed Varnum officiating. Burial will follow in the Callaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 17, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St., Fulton, MO 65251. Condolences can be sent by visiting www.debofuneralhome.com.

CLICK HERE to access a photo gallery and Guest Book.

References to earlier articles about Johnny Pennebaker and Charles Rowson:

July 4th Follow Up – Nobel Vets and Nobel Causes:
http://news.troop-support.com/?p=4232

Remember Freedom isn’t Free, it’s everyone’s job:
http://news.troop-support.com/?p=4163

 

The 2012 Holiday Shipment is Complete and On its Way!

December 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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The 2012 Holiday Shipment is Complete and On its Way!

In total, this year we sent:

Janice Lauer with Christmas Trees arriving at Post Office.

 

  • Thirty Nine (39) Large Flat Rate Boxes.  On Friday, December 7, 2012, we mailed another 6 Large Flat Rate Boxes filled with goodies from Operation Guardian Angel. This raised our total number of Flat Rate Boxes from 33 to 39!
  • And three large 14″x14″x14″ boxes for tree decorations.
In summary, each soldier received 7 packages from us and three received a 6.5′ prelit Christmas tree!

The first six large flat rate boxes were filled with snacks and goodies received from Operation Guardian Angel. These were mailed Thursday, November 29, 2012.

4 of the 6 boxes crammed with goodies from Operation Guardian Angel.

Correspondence topped off each box.

First 6 Large Flat Rate Boxes went to post office Thursday, November 29, 2012.

On Saturday morning, December 1, 2012, we sent the third and final set of Holiday packages to our 6 soldiers.

Last 27 of 33 – Large Flat Rate Boxes and, 3 – 14″x14″x14″ boxes of decorations

 

We had eight volunteers for the packing party on Friday, November 30, 2012:

Kathy Branson
Beth Brauch
Whitney Brauch
Ron Beller
Kally Kline
George Lauer
Janice Lauer
Carrie Montgomery.

Below are highlights from the packing party.

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Janice Dickneite delivered 2 large bags of goodies for each soldier. Here are the first six bags with one open in front. In these, each soldier got 2 dozen cookies, 2 bags of chocolate covered pretzels, a bag of peanut brittle, two bags of caramel corn, and a bag of chocolate covered peanuts.

Janice Dickneite’s 2nd bag of goodies contained summer sausage, crackers, candy canes , and hand sanitizer.

Connie Williams sent molasses cookies and candy canes filled with M&M’s.

Each soldier received one bag of: Katy Trail Brownies, Fruity Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Peanut Butter Cookies

Gina Atkinson made 12 bags of Caramel Corn – 2 for each soldier. First 6 shown here.

Gina Atkinson’s  Caramel Corn – Second 6 shown here.

Gina Atkinson made 6 loaves of Banana Bread – 1 for each soldier.

Sugar Cookies made by Terry Walkenhorst.

Cashew Brittle made by Dennis & Linda Sykes.

Almond Chocolate covered Toffee from Kally Kline’s husband.

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Homemade scarves from Christine James.

Cards From First United Methodist Church and Pack 11 Cub Scouts.

Cards from St. Josephs Kindergarten class.

Cards from St. Josephs Kindergarten class.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Calvary Lutheran High School.

Cards from Calvary Lutheran High School.

Cards and tree ornaments from Calvary Lutheran High School.

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Cards from Janice Lauer to each soldier.

10 Christmas Cards to any soldier.

Homemade ornaments from Jo King.

Christmas Cards for the Soldiers to use to write home along with some of their plates and decorations.

Janice Lauer setting up room for Packing.

Items getting unpacked and prepared for sorting.

Left to Right Kathy Branson, Janice Lauer, Kally Kline, and Carrie Montgomery.

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A look into some of the boxes as they are getting packed.

A look into some of the boxes as they are getting packed.

A look into some of the boxes as they are getting packed.

A look into some of the boxes as they are getting packed.

Decorations getting topped off.

Decorations getting topped off.

The six brave patriots receiving our packages are:

SGT Shalamar Brewington
Tyler Cox
Nathaniel Edwards
Russell Gray
CS2 Tony Hart
SGT Ethan Kline

As long as our precious children are in harm’s way protecting us, showing them we care is the least we can do for them. Please, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Thanks to everyone who helped send this Holiday Shipment! Special Thanks to Operation Guardian Angel and the Marine Corps League for their generous financial assistance.