Frederick Arthur Rowen, Sr. died at his home in Eureka on August 2, 2023, a few days before his 81st birthday. The cause of his death was a rare neurodegenerative disorder called Multiple Systems Atrophy which was diagnosed nine years ago. With the devoted care of his wife, Virginia, the strong support of his two sons, Fred Jr. and Brad, the weekly help of Alisa Osburn and in recent months the wonderful care from Hospice of Humboldt (special Thanks to Robert and Christina), Fred was able to remain at home throughout the progression of this disorder.

Fred and his twin brother, Frank, were born in Richmond, Calif. on August 22, 1942. The family moved to Eureka in their early years and Fred attended local schools, graduating in 1960 from Eureka High School. He served as a US Marine for the following 4 years and upon his return to Humboldt County he finished a degree in Economics at Humboldt State University in 1972.

While attending Humboldt State, Fred and his first wife, Sabina, had their two sons and Fred worked at Safeway, mainly in Arcata. He continued to work at Safeway until his retirement in 1997.

Fred and Virginia Snyder Rowen were married for over 45 years, having been married December 17, 1977. Fred lived a life filled with varied interests. He was a skilled builder, designing and building additions to their home and major remodels of most of the original house. He enjoyed river fishing with his sons and created fond memories for them. Fred had a real passion for baseball, from helping with our local little league for several years to supporting his sons’ baseball playing years. He was a big Giants fan and took several family trips to Spring Training Camps in Scottsdale, Arizona. He loved his garden, especially growing many vegetables. He had his first experience with international travel while in the Marines, but had more fun traveling with Virginia to Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and Mexico. Their travel also included many destinations within the US and brought them joy for many years. In quieter moments Fred was an avid Crossword Puzzler and a reader.

Those who survive Fred are his wife, Virginia, his sons, Fred Jr. (Monica) and Brad (Yelena), his four grandchildren, Jannelle, Haylee, Nicolas and Vivienne, his two step grandchildren, Evan and Olivia, his brother, Robert (Moneca) and nephews, Robert and Todd and his sister in law and brother in law, Jane and Mike Minor and nephew, Josh Summerfield. Fred will be remembered by us all and by extended family and friends not mentioned here.

No services are planned at this time.


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