Terry Rowland Sr.

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Terry Joe Rowland Sr., 63, of Harrisburg, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo. Terry was born on January 31, 1948, to J.H. and Cleo V. Rowland in Columbia, Mo. They preceded him in death. He was the youngest of four with three older sisters: Pearl Shern, Donna Thornhill and Kay Murray. He was preceded in death by his sister Pearl. He graduated Salutatorian from Harrisburg High School in 1966. He graduated Cum Laude from Central Methodist College in 1972, with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in English. He graduated again from Central Methodist in 1991, with a B.S. in Nursing. He went on to obtain several medical certifications including RN and CNOR/CRNFA. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia K. Nichols, on August 25, 1968, and she survives. They had two children: Joe Rowland (Deanna Rowland) and Jody Williams who also survive. He had two grandsons, Trent Rowland and Trevor Rowland, and they also survive. Between 1972 and 1985, Terry was a member of Ironworkers Local 396 where he met several men who would become lifelong friends. John M. Jackson, or "John-boy", would become a brother. They would enjoy many years of exploits on and off the jobsite and the stories were abundant, not to mention comical. This will be missed. He started his career in the medical profession in 1990, putting on casts for Turnbaugh Surgical in Jefferson City and Moberly. He would work his way to CRNFA (Certified Registered Nurse, First Assist). Terry took tremendous pride in his work. Patients and nurses will agree that if he stitched you up, you would not see a scar. Terry had many interest and hobbies. For years, Terry ran several hundred head of cattle and was well known around Harrisburg for his bib-overalls and beat up trucks. His greatest pride was his grandsons, playing down at the creek and teaching them exactly what an arrowhead looked like. Terry was a member of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons with the Harrisburg Lodge, The Scottish Rite and the Shriners. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo., with burial to follow. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Masonic Funeral Ceremony starting at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Children's Hospital. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneral

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