Mr. James Rowland (Veteran)

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Mr. James K. "Koil" Rowland, age 81 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at St. Mary's Health Center.
Koil was born April 12, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Claude K. and James Agnes McKinley Rowland. He was married on June 1, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo., to Marlene "Molly" Ladd. Koil was a 1946 graduate of John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. He attended Phoenix Junior College in Phoenix, Ariz., and Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He served in the United States Army from 1950 until 1952, including a year in the American Zone of Germany where he served as a propaganda writer in a psychological warfare unit. After leaving the Army, Koil worked on radio, television, newpapers, and magazines in Stuttgart, Ark., St. Louis, and Jefferson City. A resident of the Jefferson City area since 1958, Koil was employed with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and later the Missouri Highway Dept. for 12 years. He also operated Koil Rowland and Associates and assisted his son in the operation of Rowland Motors. He also was a substitute teacher in several school districts in mid-Missouri. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City and was a longtime member of the Lutheran Laymen's League. Survivors include: His wife of 52 years, Molly; two sons, Matthew Kerlin Rowland and spouse Dana Bryan of Jefferson City, Mo., and John T. "Ted" Rowland and his wife Ruth of the Phillipines; three grandchildren, Jeremy M. Rowland, Geoffrey K. Rowland, and Schyler Bryan; three nieces, Susan Buse of Dallas, Texas, Claudia Buse-Oberto and her husband Rich of Columbia, Mo., and Cindy Kirklin and her husband Eric of Springfield, Mo.; three great- nephews and two great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Amelia McKinley Rowland. A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Faith Lutheran Church with the Reverend Tony Alter and the Reverend Alvin Lange officiating. Visitation will be at Faith Lutheran Church from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Faith Lutheran Church or the Palliative Care Unit at St. Mary's Health Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.

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