DAVID C. ROWLEY, 71, passed away at his Chagrin Falls home on Saturday, January 21, after a long illness. Born in Ashtabula, he was the son of Robert B. and Olive (Dunne) Rowley. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marie; a son, Andrew (Tiffany); brother, Richard (Patricia); niece, Laura (Col. Jeffrey) Neischel; nephew, Steven (Michelle); and step-brother, Richard (Sue) Gordon.
A graduate of Ashtabula High School, Mr. Rowley attended The Ohio State University where he majored in journalism and was editor of the OSU Newspaper, The Lantern. He also completed four years of training in the university's ROTC program. He received his Bachelors Degree in 1969, and was then commissioned as a US Army 2nd Lieutenant. He served a year in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 with the 4th Transportation Corps, was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, and was discharged as 1st Lieutenant in July, 1971.
Upon his return to Ohio, Mr. Rowley was employed in various family businesses. He was vice president of Ashtabula Printing Company, which owned the Ashtabula Star Beacon, Painesville Telegraph, and Geauga Times Leader newspapers; Radio Enterprises of Ohio's WFUN-AM, WREO-FM and WZOO-FM. He was also president of Radio Enterprises of Kentucky's WFKY and WKYW-FM. In addition, he served as vice president of Metro-Page of Ohio, and was involved in the start-up of cellular telephone companies in Daytona Beach, FL and Tucson, AZ.
Mr. Rowley's civic affiliations included memberships and board service with: Ashtabula County Medical Center Foundation, Ashtabula Arts Center, Lake County YMCA, Cleveland Chapter March of Dimes, Geauga County Exchange Club, and United Way of Ashtabula. He also was a member and trustee of Ashtabula Yacht Club.
He and his wife retired in October of 2000 and spent much of their time at their Florida Keys home, where they were residents for a number of years. An avid fisherman, boater and motorcyclist, Mr. Rowley's other interests included photography and woodworking. He was a member of Marathon Yacht Club and Harley Owners Group (HOG).
A private memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to Judson Foundation Hospice or the Lewy Body Dementia Association are suggested by the family, in lieu of flowers.
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