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George M. Rowan, Jr., 78, of Toronto, OH, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Riverside Healthcare Center in Dayton, OH.
George was born October 5, 1939 in Steubenville, OH, son of the late George M. and June (Stewart) Rowan, Sr.
George worked as an Engineer and Project Manager for Bechtel Construction Corp. from the 1960's through the 1980's where he built nuclear power plants in Ohio, Massachusetts (Pilgrim), Michigan (Fermi 2), Pennsylvania and New Jersey (Hope Creek). He was always Bechtel's "go-to guy" whenever they needed a project completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Wherever George lived, people would often ask him if nuclear power was safe. He would always respond, "I don't know; I just build them and move." He was a true "character" to those who knew and loved him. He loved to help those who needed it, especially the underdogs of the world, as he always felt that he was one himself. He would leave the occasional large tip to a waitress in need, or anonymously ensure that funds would show up for someone who needed them.
George enjoyed driving in his Chrysler, seeing the country, visiting Civil War sites and meeting new people. He loved the American Flag. He loved peace and quiet and would occasionally spend time enjoying the serenity of Lake Erie.
George was very proud of being a licensed professional surveyor as well as a member of the Shriners, Masons, Elks, Moose Lodge and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
George served his country during peacetime as a Medic in the US Army.
He is survived by two sons, George M. (Karen) Rowan III of Vineland, NJ and Jeffrey Rowan of FL; his sister Donna (William) Cole of Columbus, OH; his former wife and still best friend, Linda Rowan-Slavick of Vineland, NJ; and his four grandsons, Brian, Jeffrey, Mark and Nolan.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 noon at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home at 701 Findley St. in Toronto. A graveside service and burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Steubenville, OH. www.jefosterfh.com