Ronald J. Rowe Sr.

ORANGE — Ronald J. Rowe Sr., 69, of New Athol Road, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, following an illness, with family at his side.

Born in Greenfield on Sept. 16, 1946, he was a son of the late Lloyd Sr. and Edris (Dresser) Rowe and grew up in Orange, graduating from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1964.

Ron served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, from 1964 until his honorable discharge in 1969.

Ron was married to Judith “Judy” D. (Lapenas) in 1969 and they have enjoyed over 46 years of marriage together.

A talented craftsman, Ron was self-employed most of his life doing leather work and he and Judy had owned and operated the RJR Leather Plus on the Mohawk Trail in Greenfield for many years. He previously had worked for Greenfield Public Hospital (now known as Baystate Franklin Medical Center) and for Furniture Rehab in Leominster.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Judith Rowe of Orange; sons, Ronald “RJ” Rowe Jr. and his partner, Glen, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Keith Rowe and his wife, Stacy, of Buffalo, N.Y., Eric Rowe of Sparta, N.J., and Barry Pease of Orange; grandchildren, Maximilian and Sophia; brothers, Lloyd Rowe Jr. and his wife, Ilene, of Orange, and Steve Rowe and his wife, Deborah, of Athol; several foster children and their children; and several nephews and nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.

Ron was predeceased by his father on Sept. 5, 2008, and his mother on Jan. 27, 2013, as well as a brother, Terry Rowe, on April 20, 2009.

There are no calling hours.

Funeral services and interment will be private.

Memorial donations are suggested to Visioning B.E.A.R Circle Intertribal Coalition, P.O. Box 1286, Greenfield, MA 01302-1286.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at

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