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Jonathan Scot Rowe

Jonathan Scot Rowe, age 46 of Grand Rapids, died Friday, April 6, 2001, as the result of an accident while teaching a forestry class at Grand Rapids High School.

Jon was born Dec. 28, 1954, in Gaylord, Minn., the son of Herbert and Frances (Melinsky) Rowe.

He married Christel Haynes July 16, 1983, at Nashwauk Lutheran Church, Nashwauk, Minn. Jon and Christel have two daughters, Kathryn (Katie) and Alyson, both at home; and an honorary daughter, Nina Becker, in Switzerland.

Jon attended public schools in Howard Lake and Rochester, and graduated from Hibbing High School.

Following high school, he graduated from Hibbing Community College, attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and graduated from the University of Minnesota (U of M), St. Paul campus, earning a bachelor's degree in forestry.

Later, he also earned an agricultural education degree from the U of M, St. Paul campus. In 1994, he was awarded his master's degree in education from the Arrowhead University System.

Jon began teaching agriculture classes in Montevideo High School in 1980. He moved to Grand Rapids in 1986, where he taught natural resources, forestry, practical forestry, water resources, horticulture, and related courses until the time of his death.

Jon coached many teams of young people over the years for Future Foresters of Minnesota, many of which competed at the state level. Over the years, he has pioneered the development and delivery of natural resources teaching curriculum nationwide.

He has received many grants and awards for his teaching achievements, including being honored as the Minnesota Forest Industries State Forest Educator of the Year, Grades 9-12, in 1999.

An active member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Jon served as president of the congregation, as well as serving on numerous committees and singing in the men's choir. He was an instrumental leader, promoting stewardship of natural resources by teaching students how to sample and evaluate water quality in the Mississippi Headwaters Organization.

In 1996, Jon led an exchange team to Russia that spread awareness of resource stewardship by launching river water sampling and testing programs.

Jon received the Headwaters Heritage Award in 1991. Last fall, the Grand Rapids River Watch awarded him a commendation for his service to the organization.

He was also active in the Wabana Chain of Lakes organization for which he served as president, vice president, and member of the advisory board.

Jon was a beloved son, husband, father, brother, friend, and teacher, and will be dearly missed by those who loved him. He would wish his legacy to be continued by those he has taught, loved, and served.

A public visitation took place Monday, April 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, and again, on Tuesday, April 10, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Reif Center, Grand Rapids.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 10, 4 p.m., at the Reif Center.

Arrangements were by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

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