Burdell W. Rowe, 95, Luverne, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial of cremains was at the St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne.
Burdell Rowe was born July 30, 1920, to William Rowe Jr. and Rhoda (Larson) Rowe in Little Rock Township in Nobles County. He attended District 14 country school for eight years before attending Adrian Public School, where he graduated in 1939.
He was active in 4-H Club for many years. In 1939 he showed the Grand Champion colt at the Minnesota State Fair and was also the Grand Champion showman. He showed Belgian horses for many years before changing to the light horse breeds. Horses remained a very important part of his life and business, and he went on to show Quarter and Appaloosa horses. He was the first president of the Luverne Saddle Club, a member of the Southwest Trail Riders Association and initiated the Rock County 4-H Horse Project in 1963.
He married Alma Heitkamp Sept. 7, 1943, at St. Adrian Catholic Church in Adrian. Farming remained his business until 1948 when he joined the auction and sale barn business with Lloyd Long in Luverne. He managed weekly livestock sales, farm auction, and monthly horse sales for many years. He was an active participant in horse shows for 50 years as competitor, judge and announcer.
He was an active member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne where he served as a funeral usher for several years following his retirement. He was an active member of the Luverne Senior Citizens and served on the board of directors. He volunteered at senior dining for 25 years. He enjoyed following his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Rowe, Hills; a son, Joe (Carrie) Rowe, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a daughter, Shirley (Bob) Vanden Hoek, Edina; six grandchildren, Christine (Joe) Wallraf, Paul (Melissa) Vanden Hoek, Kate (Jim) Glogowski, Mary (Bob) Taylor, Megan (Luke) Morrison and Kelly (Chris Peterson; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Etoyle (Dick) Nelson.
Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home, dingmannandsons.com.