Jerry M. Rowe
November 30, 1947 ~ May 16, 2014
Jerry (Skid) Rowe was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on November 30, 1947, to Melvin and Shirley H. Rowe. His mother passed shortly after his birth. Melvin then moved him to Southern California and in time married Dorothy I. Rowe, who became Jerry’s Mom. Jerry spent seven years in the U.S. Marines, where he served three tours in Viet Nam. He was decorated on eight separate occasions, including two Purple Hearts. One of Jerry’s more powerful experiences in ‘Nam was when he and thirteen others infiltrated behind enemy lines to locate a Prisoner-of-War camp. Only Jerry and one other returned. He ended his enlistment as a Staff Sergeant. Jerry married Cindy Griffith in 1969. They had two children, Jason and Jodi. Jerry spent 28 years serving in the Los Angeles Police Department. He started in Rampart Division and then was assigned to Northeast Division. In the L.A.P.D., Jerry worked in virtually every possible area of policing, including: patrol, Special Problems Unit, gang car, juvenile car, narcotics, vice, and burglary. He retired from the Department in 2000 as a Detective II working in Child Abuse and crimes against persons. During his career as an officer, Jerry received innumerable commendations for actions above and beyond. In 1989 Jerry met Ana B. Guzmán, and in 1996 they married. Ana shared his life and enthusiasms, and was his comfort in the end. Jerry had a life-long love of the Marine Corps brotherhood and the camaraderie of police officers. Following his retirement from L.A.P.D. he found a brotherhood of bikers in the Untouchables Motorcycle Club. Jerry was proud to become President of the California Chapter, where he extended his dedication and commitment to his club. Jerry’s greatest love was for his family and friends. He is survived by: his wife, Ana Rowe; his children, Jason Rowe and Jodi Rowe; his grandchildren, Christopher, Kaitlyn, Julianna, Stephanie, and Gicel; his brother Dave Rowe and sister Mindy McAdam; a huge extended family with over 50 nieces and nephews, his best friend Lou Gallegos and Lou’s wife Gloria; and many, many other friends including Barry (Bubba) Mathews and Bob States. Funeral service will be held at England Family Chapel on Saturday morning, 9:00, on May 24. He will be escorted to Riverside National Cemetery by Patriot Guard riders as well as members of the Untouchables Motorcycle Club for burial with honors.
When I think about Jerry Rowe, the first thought that comes to mind is “family isn’t always blood”. A small statement with such BIG meaning. But I say this because we weren’t particualrly close or speak often, yet when I did see him, usually at family gatherings, it was my pleasure to see him! It was my pleasure to greet him! It was my pleasure to say hello and give him a hug and a kiss… he was my Uncle! He was soft spoken, always kind and always made me feel good about a visit, albeit brief. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to visit with him and my Aunt recently at their home, as he told me the story behind each of his dogs 🙂 still so kind, still soft spoken and as I will always remember; a man of few words, a chuckle kind of laugh, a man of maturity, a biker of pride, a veteran of honor, a loving husband and he accepted all 40 plus nieces and nephews when he married my Aunt; he was Our Uncle Jerry! I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to have a final visit, give him a final hug, a final kiss and say “I love you” a final time and hear it back; he will be dearly missed! Forever in Our Hearts, Linda, Howard and Bryce Wyman (niece, nephew and great nephew respectively)