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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 homeandcemetery.com

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Stagecrasher 1 year, 6 months ago

A Note for Terry Rowland, JC News Tribune

After these many months, I don't know if any of Terry's family or anyone else will end up reading this, but I believe it is worth the effort.

Because of my own work obligations and health issues, it wasn't until today that I learned of Terry's death, and I am greatly saddened by it.

While it was over a decade ago, I used to work with Terry almost every day in the operating room of a hospital in Jefferson City. You almost cannot talk about these times without mentioning the unique and sometimes tumultuous relationship with Dr. Turnbaugh -- who has his own unique reputation for both meticulous surgical excellence and temperament. As a male nurse, a veteran, and someone he begrudgingly respected, I was often chosen to work with them.

Terry made every case worthwhile. He is what made some very bad cases and difficult circumstances not just tolerable, but memorable in a positive way. There are many people out there who know exactly what I mean by that. His sense of humor and gregariousness were well known and loved. He was what I call a "real person." He didn't put on airs, never pretended to be anyone he wasn't, never felt a need to prove anything to anyone -- because he KNEW his job very well and underneath that gruff, irreverent and hilarious exterior, wearing cowboy boots covered by surgical booties -- he genuinely cared about his patients and took pride in the excellence of his work.

His repartee and relationship with his on-again, off-again surgical boss was and continues to be legendary. But if Terry didn't always get the last word, he always got the last laugh. No matter what the circumstances, Terry made things better for everyone.

While I was not a close friend of Terry's and didn't know that much about the rest of his life outside of the hospital, he would remember things about me and treat me as an old friend whenever we worked together.

In my career, I've taken care of thousands of people and worked with hundreds of doctors, nurses, and countless other healthcare professionals. There are only a few that have stuck with me over time; some I remember for tragic or less-than-ideal reasons. Terry does not fall into that category: I remember him very well and with great fondness.

I am deeply saddened by the loss of this larger-than-life, crassly humorous but greatly caring, big teddy-bear of a man. I'm sorry I just learned that he is gone, and the fact that I won't see him again hasn't really yet sunk in. All I can do is begin missing him now.

To any of his family or friends who end up reading this, I offer you my most sincere condolences. I just wanted all of you to know that I share in your sadness and loss, but I think it is important for you to know that I'm just one of so many people he touched in his life -- one that was well lived and lived large.

May God bless him and keep him.

Sincerely,

Chuck Holland RN, BSN 573-584-9876 Stagecrasher@gmail.com

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