Donald R. Rowland

Published 4:50 pm Monday, November 16, 2015

Donald R. Rowland, 84, of Nederland, TX, passed away November 14, 2015. He was born May 25, 1931 to the late Clyde Rowland and Vera Leona Mason. Donald proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Gulf Oil Port Arthur Refinery.  He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Nederland, where he faithfully served in many capacities.
Donald enjoyed life fully.  From simple routines, like Sunday trips to the park with grandkids, to attending a variety of school performances to video his grandchildren shine, to traveling across the country on long trips with his wife – he had joy and appreciated the beauty of God’s work! Donald’s patient, peaceful nature, combined with skill, made him a good golfer.  He was happy a pie on a golf course, with a thermos of coffee; especially if it was a “mighty fine day” outside.  Like most angels, Donald or Pawpaw, as he was known by so many, also had wings and could fly.  He earned his pilot license and even owned his own plane, for a time.
Put simply, to know him was to love him.
Donald is survived by wife Therese Rowland, of sixty years; son Charles Rowland and wife Gay of Port Neches, TX, and their children Julia Rowland and Grant Rowland; daughter Donna Concienne and husband Mark of Broken Arrow, OK, their children Dana Williams and husband Preston, Kayla Klein and husband Kory, Marcus Concienne and wife Laura, and Monica Concienne, and their grandchildren Paige, Peyton, Brianna, and Andrew Williams and Kamryn, Kade, and Kyle Ann Klein; daughter Rhonda Aguillard and husband Kent of Nederland, TX, their children Garrett Aguillard and wife Amanda, Kimberly Aguillard, Allison Waite and husband Josh, Aaron Aguillard, Wade Aguillard and wife Lindsey, and their grandchildren Katelyn and Claire Aguillard and Henry Waite; sisters Florence Pickering and husband Alvin of Kirbyville, TX, and Charlene Hecht and husband Bill of Nederland, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charles and Lawrence “Joe” Rowland; sister Peggy Bush and brother-in-law L.T. “Bob” Bush.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at First Assembly of God in Nederland.  Funeral Services will be Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., also at First Assembly of God, with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.
Donations may be made to Meals on Wheels – c/o Booty Ritter Center – 914 Boston Ave., Nederland, TX 77627.
The family would like to express their heart-felt gratitude for the loving care that Dad received, on a daily basis from the caregivers at Serenity Assisted Living in Beaumont.  Director, Rosalyn Vertil and especially his Miss Vicky, were healing hands and a peaceful comfort to him.
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