Gordon Alan Rowland

Gordon Alan Rowland, 76 of Pleasant Valley, MO., passed away on October 4, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born on January 18, 1938, in Shenandoah, Iowa to Marjorie and Garold Pete Rowland.   Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Carroll and Donald Rowland.

Gordon grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1958. He served in the Army during the Korean War as an MP and afterwards moved to Kansas City, MO in 1960 to join the Kansas City, MO Police Department.

In 1961 Gordon married Martha Snyder.   Gordon is survived by Martha and their children Rebecca Goltz and her spouse Greg; Patrick Rowland and his spouse Roberta, grandchildren Reighann and Patrick Thomas Rowland.

In 1968 Gordon married Donna Roper. Gordon is survived by Donna and their children Terry and his spouse Sharmin and grandchildren Nikolas, Hayden and Bret Rowland; Traci Garcia Castells and her spouse Federico Garcia Castells, and granddaughter Sofia Bohling.

In 1980 Gordon married Bernadette Roe, she survives; daughter Sheila Roe and spouse Kassie Westhoff; and step son Scott Parsons.

Gordon is also survived by his brothers Richard and his wife Sue Rowland; Jim and his wife Lesta Rowland; and sister in law Elinor Rowland; along with many deeply loved nieces and nephews.

Gordon retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 1983 and later worked for Bank of America and Citibank until his second retirement.   Gordon enjoyed good conversation and time with his family. He loved sporting events of all kinds and took great pride in sharing his love for Iowa Hawkeye football with his family. He was young at heart, loved ice cream, rock music, dogs, a good joke, playing pranks, and mowing the lawn. He was a free spirit and loved each family member as they were and placed no expectations on them to be anything more than themselves.   We will miss his unique calling card that he left behind letting us know when he was paying a visit, and his frequent phone calls letting us know we were loved.

A visitation Memorial service will be at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society on 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. 64133; on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 P.M.

A Celebration of Life service will take place on October 25, 2014 at the Zion United Methodist Church 1748 Highway G62 Knoxville, Iowa 50138 (Zion Church in Pershing, Iowa) from 1:00 -300 P.M.   Burial of his ashes will follow.

If you are unable to attend, fond memories and condolences for the family may be mailed to; Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, Attention Gordon Rowland Family; 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. 64133;


  1. Blanca And Jim Basham on October 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Our prayers are with all of the family at this difficult and sad time. We will miss him!

  2. Cessna's on October 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gordon will definitely be missed.

  3. Dave and Tracy Rowland on October 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    our thoughts are with you and the whole family

  4. Christopher Sager on October 12, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I first met Gordon when I was a new officer with the KCPD in 1971, and he was assigned in the city jail, 1125 Locust, HQ.
    He was a great help to me with the learning of handling arrests there in the jail.
    When a person treats me good, I never forget it.
    I will miss him.
    God Bless You Gordon…

  5. Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell on October 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

    It’s been nearly 20 years since I worked side by side with Gordon at Citibank and though memory fades of many people from your past, I remember Gordon well. He was always funny and made the day more enjoyable. My thoughts and deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  6. Guy Jewett on October 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Donna & family, my sympathy to your family, May God be with you.

  7. Tom snd Pat Snyder on October 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Becky Ann, Patrick and family, may you always remember the good times with your father and mother. Aunt Pat, Uncle Tom and cousins Dave and Brian.

  8. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on October 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Rowland. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  9. Amy Brandenburg on October 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    My heart goes out to Becky & the rest of the family. He was the light of my day! I loved our football trash talking all year long. Him and his Hawki’s (Always going down). Plus if I didn’t wait on him fast enough I was so lucky to purchase his soda or if he was “supposed” to buy he would say put it on Greg’s tab. Man, I miss him so much! He will forever be in my heart. Rest in peace Gordon! Much love!!!

  10. Billy Reed on October 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    We at the Wed. Coffee clutch will miss his humor and concern shared by him. Although I never worked with Gordon, I would run into from time to time and share S.W. Iowa tales as I grew up in Bedford,Ia. Thanks for all the great stories. We will miss you. Billy Reed

  11. Dorothy Mark Bernard on October 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I only knew Gordon when he was a little boy. I played basketball for his dad in Knoxville. Pete & Marjorie were such fine people, I know their boys had to grow into good, fun-loving men. Gordon was so bashful when he was little – I just remember their entire family so warmly!!! Know he will be missed!

  12. Richard Steffen on October 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Gordon was a friend and I always enjoyed his company. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Gordon.

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