James R. Rowland, 88, of Dixon, died Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Franklin Grove Nursing Center, Franklin Grove. He worked in the construction trade for Lindquist Construction, Dixon, and Propheter Construction, Sterling, for many years, prior to his retirement. After retirement, he went to work for the Franklin Grove Nursing Center.
Mr. Rowland was born September 21, 1924, in Henderson, KY, the son of Doc and Zena (Dixon) Rowland. He married Henrietta Edwards on April 26, 1958, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on December 5, 2009. James served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theatre.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Elaine) Haynes, of Joliet, Ron (Pamela) Haynes, of Lansing, MI; three daughters, Janice Haynes, of University Park, IL, Annette (Edward) Hatchett, of Dixon, Zena Neal of Kansas City, MO; 13 grandchildren, Shelly, Nisa, Kady, Jack, Todd, Angela, Patricia, Dawn, James, Natalie, Ebony, Jazman, Constance; and 12 great grandchildren.
James was also preceded in death by one son, Douglas Rowland; three brothers, Hurtis, Charles, and Jesse Rowland; and one sister in infancy.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Cremation rites will be accorded.
A memorial has been established.