Robert L. “Bob” Rowe, age 83, of Loganville, GA, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Bob had several hobbies which included scuba diving, fishing, boating, airplanes, football, and model boats. He was a member of Saint Matthews Episcopal Church in Snellville, GA, where he enjoyed his church family. Bob is survived by his wife, Susan Rowe, of Loganville, GA; children, Kris and his wife, Emily Hutchinson, of Loganville, GA; Kristina and husband, Chad Millsaps, of Loganville, GA; Kelly Simpson of Tennessee; and Lisa Sherman of New Mexico; brother, Ben Rowe; and sister, Barbara; and eight grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in memory of Bob, to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or Arrangements by Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Bob was a long time member at our Radio Controlled airplane club Hilltop Flyers. From the time we met, Bob’s struggles with Parkinson’s hampered his efforts to enjoy the hobby. However, that did not dampen Bob’s persistence, interest and enthusiasm for the RC planes, boats, etc. Bob completed a number of build projects and successfully flew them with us. He never gave in and never gave up. I greatly admired Bob for his perseverance and his always upbeat attitude. I enjoyed his company. Bob will be missed.

  2. I worked and fished with Bob. He was always a pleasure to be with, never criticized a soul, and led a lifestyle of selflessness to an extent rarely seen in others. I am sure he will be missed but, let it be known, he was, indeed, an asset to our society. RIP.
    Arthur Cox
    Jupiter, FL

  3. Dearest Susan and Family,
    I just read about Bob’s death in the paper. I’m sending love and light to you all as you go through this time of mourning. Love and miss you.

  4. To the Rowe Family,
    Lily and I are deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.
    He was my dear friend and Rocket Marketing Mentor as we travelled many times to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL with the mission of many good PW Engineers to make the Space Shuttle Propulsion System a reliable robust system that could be repeatedly sent to space. That we did. We are all better persons for having known Bob and the experiences we shared across many technically challenging bridges. As you look to the skies and space, you can feel proud that Bob was a part of that success.
    We also shared many good times in North Palm Beach. The stories of fishing, his boat, his fruit trees, and his family.
    Rest in peace dear friend.

  5. Bob and I started at Pratt & Whitney back in early sixties. Although we did not work on the same projects all the time, we were good friends. He was an excellent Engineer, and as old folks say, a hard worker. I currently am older than he and still working as I love it. Bob’s family should be happy that he had a good life. Good friends are hard to come by and he was one of them.

    I am sorry for your loss.


  6. When I returned to P&W in 1976 I was assigned to work with Bob on a laser program. We became good friends and I always respected him highly. He knew a lot more than most about how things actually do work. He was not only a good engineer but he was what we sometimes call a :”straight shooter”; i.e, when he told you something you could take it to the bank. And he was a sincere and truly nice person, always a pleasure to be around. I know that he will be greatly missed.

  7. I’m very saddened to hear that Bob is no longer with us, but I’ll never lose those great memories of working with him and just knowing Bob. Bob had a such a positive, uplifting spirit that always seemed to pick us up whenever he entered the room. I had very fond memories of working with Bob on several rocket programs, and he would always share great, interesting stories about how some of these programs evolved and the fun things they did “back in the day”. One of my best memories is when I traveled with Bob and Chuck Hereford out to New Mexico, and Bob just made the trip so fun and memorable. I’ll certainly miss Bob, but I will never forget the times he encouraged me, made me laugh, and showed what a free spirit he was.

    -Paul Komater
    Wallingford, CT

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