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Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 4:23 pm

Bill Rowe, a former fire chief for Arkansas City, died Monday in a Wichita hospital.

Rowe, 82, worked in fire service for 43 years. He lived in rural Winfield and was employed, as of last year, at Blackwell Livestock Auction.

He ran for the Cowley County Commission District 3 seat as a Democrat last year, but lost to Republican incumbent Alan Groom.

Rowe served as fire chief in Ark City for about 10 years, and was a fire investigator under former Kansas governors Robert Docking, John Carlin and Joan Finney, according to a previous Traveler report.

Rowe also worked for the Winfield Fire Department, and was chief of fire and security for Osawatomie State Hospital.

A member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Winfield, Rowe periodically was active with the Salvation Army board since 1948.

He received the Harry Long award for community involvement, and the Pride Community Leadership award for leadership and community service.

He also spearheaded the Centennial Celebration of the Cherokee Strip Land Run.

Funeral services for Rowe will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Interment and military committal honors will follow at Rose Valley Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 2 to 4 that afternoon.

Memorials have been established in Rowe's name for the Salvation Army in Arkansas City and for the American Diabetes Association.

Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

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