John was a lifelong resident of Montana, born in Glasgow August 2, 1950 to the late Francis Dennis Rowe and Dorris Jean Sawa.
John is survived by his dear wife, Charlotte Rowe; his loving children, Christian, Josh and Heather, Ken and Amy, Levi, Sabrina, and Deanna; grandchildren, Richard, Brandon, Mahaila, Mikel, Zoe, Opal, Mya, Abel, Samantha, Paige, and Shelby; brothers, Kenneth Besaw and Robert Rowe; sisters, Sharon Dexter, Susan and Maxine Besaw; and many nieces, nephews, sisters- and brothers-in-law.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by brothers, James Besaw and William Besaw; and grandson, Thorin Besaw.
Memorial service will be Friday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at The First Baptist Church, Main St. Thompson Falls. Celebration of life to follow at The Crystal Room.
To John’s cherished family and friends he left behind too soon, a poem in remembrance that he is and always will be alive and well in their hearts.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.