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Herbert Freeman Rowland

June 3, 2017

Herbert Freeman Rowland, age 94, of Hays, formerly of Lawrence, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Via Christi Village in Hays. He was born July 25, 1922 in Calumet, Oklahoma to Raymond and Anna (Loy) Rowland. He married Wilma Jean Orton on June 2, 1945 in Alva, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2017.

Herbert was a long-time school teacher having taught for 38 years in Oklahoma and Kansas. He taught at Central Junior High and served as the Assistant Principal at South Junior High both in Lawrence. He was a WWII veteran serving in the US Army. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and the National Education Association.

He is survived by a daughter, Liz Kolacny and husband John of Ellis; a grandson and his family, Jarrett Kolacny and wife Savanah and children Grace, Teyana and Tanaya all of Grand Junction, Colorado and a granddaughter, Callie Kolacny of Hays. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Raymond Edward Rowland.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Lawrence Schools Foundation 110 McDonald Drive Lawrence, KS 66044 or they may also be sent in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E. 17th Ellis, KS 67637.

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