MONTE VISTA—H.L. Kayo Rowe, 88, of Monte Vista, passed away Feb. 18, 2013 in Pueblo.
He was born on July 12, 1924 in Boulder to Frank and Annis (Swift) Rowe. He married Juanita (Yohn) Rowe May 9, 1945.
H.L. traveled as a small child with family in a covered wagon from Boulder to Monte Vista. He spent the majority of his life in the San Luis Valley.
He enlisted in the Army serving from June 10, 1943 as a Rifleman 745 in Company F, 116th Infantry. He was in the first wave of the Invasion of Normandy where he was wounded on June 21, 1945. He was Honorably Discharged on April 20, 1945 and awarded a Purple Heart.
H.L. is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Annis; wife Juanita; son Leonard Rowe; four brothers Frank, Bill, Lawrence (Spunky), and Everett (Tubb) Rowe; three sisters Betty Stoddard, Helen Wilcox, Alice Harmon, and Virginia Burns.
H.L. is survived by daughters Betty Shaver and Anna Pratt-Coiner; four grandchildren Jennifer Kittle (husband David Kittle), Logan Shaver, Dustin Pratt (wife Ashley Pratt), and Cody Pratt; two great-grandsons Cash and Reed Pratt; and brother-in-law Gene Wilcox.
H.L. was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was an accomplished horse trainer having a passion for livestock that was indefinable. He was a mentor to many leaving a mark that will be passed on to further generations. H.L. Rowe is a man that will be deeply missed by family and friends who will never forget the impact he has left among us.
A funeral service was held at Strohmayers Funeral Home 800 1st Avenue, Monte Vista at 10 a.m., Feb. 25, 2013.