Antique Vintage 17

Donald E. Rowe

November 10, 1938 ~ May 23, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Donald Rowe Obituary

Donald E. Rowe, 84, of South Bend passed away on Tuesday May 23, 2023 at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Donald was born in South Bend on November 10, 1938 to the late Devon D. and Bessie Caroline (Brown) Rowe. 

Donald attended Lincoln School and graduated from John Adams High School.  He then graduated with Manchester College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Health & Recreation. He worked for 23 years at the YMCA Movement as well as a Senior Consultant for 17 years for the American City Bureau

Donald found the love of his life in Barbara Bussey and on August 20, 1960 the two were married in Dayton Ohio.  They shared 62 years of marriage together.

Donald loved his community and was very involved in local organizations.  He spent 33 years with the YMCA serving in various positions.  In 1965 he was certified as national YMCA Director.  He was a member of the South Bend Rotary Club and a past president of the Racine, Wisconsin Rotary Club.  Donald was also an active participant in Memorial Health and Lifestyle, AARP, and in 1966 was chosen as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America”.

Donald leaves behind his wife of 62 years; Barbara along with their daughters; Michele Kocsis of Fort Wayne and Sherri (Johnny) Rowe-Lopez of South Bend.  Also surviving are two grandchildren; Douglas (Diana Phillips) Kocsis and Jonnathan (Mayra) Lopez and two great grandchildren; Ember and Henry.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; Devon and Bessie Rowe and his brother; Duane D. Rowe.

Services for Donald will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 3 at the Nappanee Missionary Church, 70417 SR 19, Nappanee.  Visitation will be held from 10am-11am.   A private burial will take place at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger on Monday June 5.

Memorial Contributions in Donald’s name may be made to the YMCA of Greater Michiana, 905 N. Front St. Niles, MI 49120.

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June 3, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Nappanee Missionary Church
70417 SR 19 North
Nappanee, IN 46550`

Funeral Service
June 3, 2023

11:00 AM
Nappanee Missionary Church
70417 SR 19 North
Nappanee, IN 46550`


YMCA of Greater Michiana
905 N. Front St., Niles MI 49120

Nappanee Missionary Church
70417 S.R. 19, Nappanee IN 46550

Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County
502 E. Sample St., South Bend IN 46601


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