Robert Lynn 'Baby Buffalo' Rowley


UPDATE: Graveside service and burial will now be held in Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield today, following the funeral mass.

UPDATE: Graveside service and burial will now be held in Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield today, following the funeral mass.

Robert Lynn "Baby Buffalo" Rowley, 64, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at his home in Holcomb.

He was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Hoisington, to Robert G. and Darlene Phillips Rowley.

He married Arlene Rupp on Aug. 13, 1976, in Syracuse; she survives.

He grew up in Hoisington, where he graduated high school. He graduated from Salina Area Vo-Tech.

Mr. Rowley built landing gears for Boeing, worked for W.L. Hartman Oil Co., owned and operated a trucking company, and owned and operated Rowley Pump Service.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles where he served two terms as president and as a trustee. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting.

Other survivors include four children, Richard and wife Bianca Rowley of Ingolstadt, Germany; Daena and husband Clifford Brown of Gatesville, Texas; Julie and husband Curt Nemechek of Holcomb; and Wayne and wife Kelly Combs of Garden City; his father, Robert G. Rowley of Lakin; a sister, Becky and husband David Sells of Wilson; and twelve grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother-in-law, LeRoy Rupp.

Vigil service and rosary is 7 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.

Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Garden City. Graveside service will follow at the Deerfield Cemetery in Deerfield.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the Robert Lynn Rowley Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City.

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