SIKESTON -- Burt H. Rowe Jr., 67, died at his home in Sikeston on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born on April 15, 1937, in St. Louis, to the late Burt Hilliard and Phoebe Carrie Schaper Rowe Sr., he made his home in Sikeston. An active investor and civic leader in southern Missouri, Mr. Rowe was chairman and president of First Eldorado Bancshares of Eldorado, Ill., and principal shareholder of the multiple bank holding company. He acquired First State Bank in Eldorado in 1978. He became chairman and president of that bank's holding company, which, along with its subsidiaries, includes key holdings such as First State Bank of Eldorado; First National Bank, Dana and Evansville, Ind.; American Farm Mortgage Co., Louisville, Ky.; and Capital First Corp., Eldorado.
Previously, Mr. Rowe was president and chairman of Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. in Sikeston, was chairman of the Board of Tri-County Bank in Morehouse and owned and managed agricultural interests in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. He was also a lead investor in numerous start-up companies over the years.
He was a national recipient of the Earl Nightingale "Human Resources Award." Mr. Rowe was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Sikeston, where he had been involved in community development. He also belonged to the Southeastern Illinois College Falcon Society. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a graduate of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies "Graduate School of Insurance Company Management." He was also a former member of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club and was active in the Republican Party at the county and state levels.
Known for his love of good food, great wine and interesting conversation, Mr. Rowe touched numerous lives with his wit, positive attitude and sense of humor. A strong believer in goal setting and achievement, Mr. Rowe believed in helping those who helped themselves. An avid traveler, he spent a great deal of time in Florida and Colorado and enjoyed occasional international adventure.
Mr. Rowe married Anne Burgess on March 25, 1959, in Ft. Meyer, Va., and they were remarried Sept. 5, 2004.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Angela Rowe of Harrisburg, Ill.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Rachelle L. Rowe, Marianna and Paul Deal and Caroline C. Rowe of St. Louis; two brothers, George Parker Rowe of Green Valley, Ariz., and David Martin Rowe of Hillsboro; and seven grandchildren, Lauren Freinberg, Philip Freinberg and Seth Deal of St. Louis, Garrett Rowe of Harrisburg, Ill., and Grace Deal, Jesse Deal and Claire Rowe of St. Louis.
One brother, Richard Rowe, preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston with the Rev. Michael Blewett, Episcopal pastor of The Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
may be made to
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1010 N. Main St.
Sikeston, MO 63801
Attn: Archie Blair
3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Attn: Pam Hensen
4444 Forest Park Ave.
Campus Box 8509
St. Louis, MO 63108