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Rowena Lou Deeken, 86, of Danville, passed away at noon Monday, March 5, 2018.
She was born July 23, 1931, in Danville, the daughter of Willis and Geraldine Kelley.
On June 18, 1950, Rowena married the love of her life, John C. Deeken, and they spent many years together before his passing.
Rowena is survived by her daughters, Trudy (James) Crow, Cynthia (William Jr.) Pitlik, Denise (Michael) Stout; son, Bruce (Laurie) Deeken; grandchildren, Derrick (Natalie) Crow, Brent (Andrea) Crow, Ronald (Davida) Kidwell III, Sara (Kyle) Catalina, Thomas Kidwell, Kelley Beckett, Robin Beckett, April (Keagan) Roth, John (Brittany) Deeken, Jack Deeken, Carl Deeken, Alexandria (Cody) Stout, Krystin (John) Stout, Brandi (Nate) Brinkley, Aaron Pitlik, Dustin Pitlik; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Rowena is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Wilma Wait; and brother, Howard Eugene Kelley.
Rowena was a graduate of Danville High School. She enjoyed traveling and camping as well as spending as much time as possible with family. In her spare time, she also enjoyed sewing, crochet and reading.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Officiating will be Kevin Little. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Thursday March 8, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation. Please join Rowena's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on March 6, 2018
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