HARTLAND — The memorial service was held Jan. 18 at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor for William H. “Whitey” Rowell, 80, a longtime resident of Hartland, who passed away Jan. 13 at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. Rev. Ken White, Pastor of the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor, officiated. Committal services with military honors will be held in the spring in the Hartland Village Cemetery.
He was born June 8, 1933 in Rutland, the son of William H. and Lois (Brothy) Rowell.
He received his schooling in Rutland. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Korea during the Korean Conflict.
He married Janice Hunt in Windsor on July 27, 1956.
He was employed at the telephone company and later for Herrick Artisan in Hartland. He was later employed by Miller Construction in Windsor. Whitey was most recently employed by the Vermont Department of Corrections as a correctional officer at the Southeast Correctional Facility in Windsor for several years until his retirement.
He was a proud and life member of the National Rifle Association. Mr. Rowell was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and hiking. He was especially fond of spending time with his family and English Setters, Remi and Ima. He was a man known to help anyone in need.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Rowell; and one son, Thomas “Fruity” Rowell and his partner, Joy Michalenoick, all of Hartland, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and one sister, Barbara Rowell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society at 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, N.H. 03748.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the January 23, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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