Charles H. Rowcliffe

Charles H. Rowcliffe, age 85, of Philip, died Saturday, September 29, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 3, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Marilyn Millage, organist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist. Ushers were Chip Walker and Scott Baye. Pallbearers were Bruce and Randy Boyd, Cliff Ramsey, Jerry Carley, Gary Erickson and Mike Moses.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Charles Rowcliffe was born May 28, 1922, on his parents' ranch one and a half miles southwest of Philip, the son of Raymond G. and Florence Rose (Chambers) Rowcliffe. He grew up on the ranch and graduated from Philip High School in 1940. As a young man he worked with his parents on the ranch until his father's death in 1945, at which time he took over the operation of the ranch.

Charles was united in marriage to Louise Faye Millar on February 5, 1948, in Philip. They made their home on the ranch southwest of Philip. In the fall of 1948, Charles began his career in the grocery stores in Philip. First he worked at the Red Owl, Sooper Dooper, Deis' Food Center, and later, Carley's Food Center, before retiring in 1986 after 37 years.

They continued to reside on the ranch which they operaterf until retiring in 1992, and moving into town at 400 W. Oak Street.

Charles was a member of the United Church in Philip.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife of 59 years, Louise; two sons, Harold Rowcliffe and his wife, Betty, of Ritzville, WA, and Roger Rowcliffe and his wife, Charlotte, of Manhattan, KS; three daughters, Evelyn Heide and her special friend, Gene Sticha, of Faribault, MN, Hazel Rowcliffe of Philip and Ann Roberts and her husband, Richard, of Ft. Collins, CO; two grandsons, J.D. and A.J. Roberts of Ft. Collins; one brother, Rev. Mylo Rowcliffe of Lake Preston, MN; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elaine Whisler and one sister in infancy; one brother, Robert Rowcliffe; and two granddaughters in infancy, Judi Lynn Heide and Beth Roberts.

A memorial has been established.