John Paul Rowan

February 25, 1942 - October 26, 2016

02/25/1942 - 10/26/2016

Past Services

Thursday October 27, 2016
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions
Friday October 28, 2016
10:00 am
Cathedral of St. Joseph
1300 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-233-4121 | Directions

ROWAN, John Paul, 74, of Wheeling, W.Va., died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Wheeling Hospital.

He was born February 25, 1942, in Wheeling, a son of the late John Rowan Jr. and Juanita (Riser) Rowan. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling. He was a retired Captain for the Wheeling Fire Department. He was also a bus driver for Ohio County Schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

John was a member of the Elks Lodge # 28 in Wheeling, a former member of the Bridgeport Eagles, a current member of the Elm Grove Eagles, and a member of the Wheeling Central Catholic High School Boosters, serving as former Vice President.

He is survived by his loving wife, Deanna (Gibson) Schubert-Rowan; one son, John Michael (Colleen) Rowan of Wheeling; one sister, Charlotte A. Rowan of Wheeling; and two grandsons, Michael and Andrew Rowan.

Friends will be received on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4-7 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10 am at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with Msgr. Kevin Quirk as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wheeling Fire Department, IAFF Local 12 through (Click Here)

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kendell johnson sr -pat johnson
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss. My brother Butch and I grew up with John in North Wheeling. Many good memories of those days.

Ron Pavilack
7 years ago

To the Rowan Family, we are sorry to learn about John Paul. We have fond memories of him and he will be missed. He loved his Steelers!!! So to you John Paul— Go Steelers!!
Your friends, Ron & Laurel Pavilack

H. Lawrence Jones
7 years ago

John’s Family:

All of us are thinking of you during your time of loss. John was a fine professional and was liked and admired by staff and students alike. He will be missed.

H. Lawrence (Larry) Jones, Ed.D.

Margie Rowan
7 years ago

Dear Charlotte, Dee and John Michael,
I am so distraught that we all have lost John Paul. Growing up in the Valley in a large, extended family, we cousins were more like siblings than cousins. We did so many activities together –birthdays, holidays, family gatherings. I remember going with John Paul to double header movies in Wheeling; traveling by car with Aunt Juanita and Uncle John to New England to meet John Paul on his aircraft carrier. Now he joins our other cousins – Johnny Easton, my sister Harriett and Jimmy Mike O’Grady somewhere in the universe. May we all meet together some day.
Love, Margie

Stush Martinkosky
7 years ago

Barbara and I want to convey our deepest sympathies to Charlotte and all of John Paul’s cousins. I will always fondly remember the backyard cookouts in Shadyside.

Charlie Rowan Jr. and Family
7 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of John. God bless.

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John Paul Rowan., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

US Navy Veteran, John Paul Rowan, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Kathleen Kloeppner Dixon
7 years ago

You will always be my “Best Man”. Rest in Peace!

RoseAnn Duncan
7 years ago

When you speak of John, do not cry for thoughts of him should not be sad. Let all of the memories of the times you shared give you comfort. His life was complete because of the people who loved and cared for him. Always remember his loving presence will be with you forever guiding you along the way. May God keep you in his loving care as He did with John.

7 years ago

To John and family,
Please know that you have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your father. I know that the good. Lord will console you in your sorrow. I did not know your father but knowing you , I know he had to be a Saint . He is now in his heavenly home.! Sincerely and may God bless you!

Your friend from MOUNT DE Chantal VISITATION ACADEMY