William A. ‘Bill’ Rowan, age 74, of Johnsburg, died Monday, March 18, 2013 at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
He was born March 25, 1938 in Chicago to Thomas B. and Virginia (Smith) Rowan. On November 15, 1960, he married Donna J. Palmer in Chicago.
William was a resident of the McHenry area since 1974, when he opened the Beacon/Maytag Home Appliance Store of Waukegan. He also was a part-time police officer for the Village of Sunnyside, IL. William had many and varied interests during his lifetime. He loved to travel and had visited all of the lower 48 states, and had future plans to visit Alaska and Hawaii, but sadly ran out of time. In his younger days, he took part in dyeing the Chicago River green for the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade.
William was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast, which lead to his invention of a Target Turning System and the formation of his business, Beacon Target Turning Company. He ran the business for 25 years, selling target systems to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
He was the beloved husband of Donna for 52 years; the loving father of Pam (Lex) Pegues of Johnsburg and Charles Rowan of Sebring, FL; the cherished grandfather of Caleb, Jacob and Shaylah Pegues, Coty (Kelly) Rowan and MacKenzie Rowan and great grandfather of Jack and Killian; and the fond brother of Thomas, Michael, Richard, Robert, Virginia and David.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marjorie Hamilton; and a brother, Stephan.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Christian Fellowship Church, 3419 Walkup Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials in Bill Rowan’s name be directed to the Johnsburg Rescue Squad Retired, 3818 N. Spring Grove Road, Johnsburg, IL 60051
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com.