In memory of

James Rowan, age 56, of Helena

December 19, 1960 – September 11, 2017

Jim found his peace the morning of September 11, 2017.  While his exit from our world has left his family and friends heartbroken and full of questions, we will take comfort that he has healed, and the silent burden he carried is no longer upon his shoulders.

Jim was a generous man, he gave more of himself than he took and never hesitated to give even a little more.  He was always available to lend an ear, friendly advice, parental guidance or an anecdote for a good laugh.  Jim’s signature “Wassssss up” and “What’s up my brother” will echo in many ears for years to come.  Jim was a man full of stories, he found the humor in most of his daily activities and loved to share those stories with everyone; often, more than once.

In Jim’s younger years he loved playing ice hockey, and was an avid deer hunter.  Jim loved science fiction and super hero movies and the shared love of these movies between him and his son-in-law, Nick, soon became a pastime that the two enjoyed together.

Jim always said his proudest achievement in life, was his daughter Tiffany.  He never missed an opportunity to brag about her accomplishments; the two had an unbreakable bond.  Tiffany and Nick’s daughter Olivia was the “Sunshine” of Jim’s life.  He lit up when speaking of her, sharing pictures of her and holding her.  Olivia while only two years old loves her Papa dearly; Tiffany and Nick will keep Jim’s memory alive and be sure to remind her always of how much he loved her.

Jim was a perfectionist, and a hard worker and a chartable man.  He gave 100% of himself to work, in love, and in charitable contributions.

Jim is survived by his parents, Richard and Carol Martell; sisters: Kathleen (Jeff) Bly and Debra (Richard) Schmidt; step-sisters: Pamela Carroll, Wanda Knobel, and Patty Breyette; nephews: Cory (Breanna, Jack, Charlotte) LaQuay, Jeffrey LaQuay, and Ricky Schmidt; nieces: Brittany Schmidt and Carol Schmidt; and Uncle John and Carrie Schryver.

Jim also leaves behind his wife, Angela Rowan; daughter, Tiffany; son-in-law, Nicholas; and his only granddaughter, Olivia.

Graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery, 3550 Hero’s Rd, Fort Harrison, MT. A pot luck reception will follow the graveside service at the Service Club in Fort Harrison (have ID available for the guard at Fort Harrison gate).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Valley Bank of Helena to the Jim Rowan Memorial Account.


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  1. I dont think I knew you personally but I want to say thank you for your service to our country. Words can never say enough to thank you and all of your comrades for your sacrifices to uphold the freedoms we have. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Jeannie Smith says:

    I will miss seeing you at my favorite hangouts and haunts. You were always a very friendly and giving man. I will miss you at my job getting your favorite Gumbo. Thank you for your service to our country, and may there memories of you comfort your Family

  3. A thankful American says:

    Thank you Mr. Rowan for your service to our country and to his family for your deep loss. My heart breaks, too, to know that you all are carrying so many unanswered questions and want you to know that others care. May your happy memories and the love of God, family, and friends bring you all comfort and peace. RIP

  4. Am sad to see Jim go. He was a kick to talk to and great to work with. Rest in Peace “my brother”.

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