James Albert Rowden, 90, Ferdinand

James Albert Rowden, 90, of Ferdinand, died Saturday, May 30, at his home. He was born in Alameda, California, August 28, 1929, to Albert and Ada (Breen) Rowden.

James served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, stationed in South Korea, Japan, and Guam. He worked for decades at Aerojet and Sutter Memorial Hospital in California. He was a lifelong catholic, loved farming, and managed a family plum farm for many years. In his retirement he became an avid cyclist and continued to exercise daily until age 90. He moved with his wife to Ferdinand in 2013, where he was a member of Christ the King Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Rowden; three sons, Marc Rowden, Fairbanks, Alaska, Dan Rowden, Anchorage, Alaska, and Cash Rowden, Los Angeles; two daughters, Annette Rowden, Baltimore, Maryland,, and Denise Vagliardo and husband Billy, Oneonta, New York; one step-daughter, Désirée Douglas, Seven Hills, Ohio; two step-sons, Norman Alvis and wife Shiulo, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Robert Alvis and wife Andrea, Ferdinand; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannine Gagne Rowden, and three sisters, Lois McDonald, Phyllis Hicks, and Ethel Colvin.

Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. A funeral Mass and burial will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church.

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