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Joseph W. “Joe” Rowe, Jr.

October 18, 1954 - January 25, 2024

Joseph W. “Joe” Rowe, Jr., age 69, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Born in Newport News, VA on October 18, 1954, he was a son of the late Joseph W. Rowe, Sr. and Mamie L. (Davis) Clements. After graduating high school, Joe worked as a pipefitter at Newport News Shipbuilding until 1990 and as a custom home builder until 2001. He then made his career as a superintendent at George & Lynch in Dover for 16 years until his retirement in 2017.

A true outdoorsman, Joe enjoyed going hunting and bass fishing. He loved sports, whether he was playing a game of baseball or cheering on the New York Yankees, Washington Redskins, or watching NASCAR. Above all, Joe cherished his time spent with his family and beloved pets, Peanut, Bailey, and Charlee.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline (Rowe) Kepley. He is survived by his children, Jackie Hudgins of Gloucester, VA, Bryan Rowe (Kaitlin) of Hampton, VA, and Westley Rowe (Nicole) of Felton; siblings, Debora Rowe of Middletown and Robert D. Rowe of OH; grandchildren, Alexandra, Dakota, Harper, Kellen, Dalton, Gentry, and Greer; and great-grandchild, Oliver.

A memorial service will begin at 2 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Middletown Baptist Church, 419 Armstrong Corner Road, Middletown, DE. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Christiana Care Office of Philanthropy, 4000 Nexus Drive, Suite W3-300, Wilmington, DE 19803.


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6 Condolences for Joseph W. “Joe” Rowe, Jr.

  • Rest in peace Joe, thanks for being a great friend.

    To: Joe’s family and friends… I am sorry for your loss.

  • He was a great friend to myself and my husband Mark.
    Condolences for the family.
    Sandy Urian

  • I’m so sorry!! Bubba Joe grew up hanging out with my brothers here at our house! He was part of our family. We loved hearing from him and will miss him! See you again one day bubba. Love Shirley (aka sis)

  • So sorry for your loss,Prayers to all the family,Joe was a great friend of mine,knew Joe back in high school,played baseball with Joe for several years,went on lots of bus trips to the games,he was one outstanding person,RIP MY FRIEND.

  • Wesley, you are in my prayers and thoughts. I so enjoyed knowing your Dad over the years. I feel that he truly was the dearest of friends to both my big brother Steve and his late wife Candee. Mr Joe was SUCH a bright spot in Steve & Candee’s lives that I am forever indebted to Joe, for he always shed light, joy, faith, optimism, kindness and encouragement. I’m positive that your Dad, Steve and Candee solved nearly all the world’s problems as they sat together, talking, in the garage, doing nothing more than enjoying each others company and conversation. Your Dad was a wonderful witness to the world, living his faith out loud to anyone that would listen, despite his physical limitations on later years. I am confident that he is now at home with our Lord, that he is whole, healed and happier than he’s ever been, being in his heavenly home. Be comforted to know that your Dad was much loved by others, that his life made a wonderful impact on others and that he has now completed his journey. It is hard to let them go, I totally get that, but trust your loss is bring cradled in the prayers of us folks who knew and loved your Dad.

  • Rest in peace my old friend. It was nice working and knowing you for the last 25yrs. Take care and see ya later.