Arthur M. Row, Sr.

October 23, 2008

Arthur M. Row, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran, Korean War Veteran

ARTHUR M. ROW, SR. – in Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Woburn, October 23rd. Beloved husband of the late Mary E. (Dillon) Row. Devoted father of Marsha R. McSweeney and her husband Jim of Woburn and Arthur M. Row, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Stockton, MO. Brother of the late Cleo Row, Opal Lewis, and Pearl Roeder. Loving grandfather of Jim and Kevin McSweeney. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, November 4th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Arthur’s memory to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

OBITUARY:

Arthur M. Row, Sr. of Vero Beach, Florida, a former longtime Woburn resident and career Navy officer, passed away in Florida on Thursday, October 23rd. The husband of the late Mary E. (Dillon) Row, who died in 1993, he was ninety-one years of age.

Born in Jetmore, Kansas, he was the son of the late Arthur and Myrtle (Haner) Row. He graduated from McCook High School in McCook, Nebraska and entered the US Navy during World War II. Stationed on the destroyer the USS Monssen, he was aboard the ship when it was sunk during the Naval Battle at Guadalcanal in 1942. While over sixty percent of the crew perished, Mr. Row was one of a number of crew members who survived aboard a life raft, where he remained to avoid capture by the Japanese. He and his brother Cleo were both gunner’s mates on the destroyer, but his brother did not survive the attack.

In August of 1945, Mr. Row was present aboard one of a fleet of ships at the Japanese surrender to the Allies, ending the war. He stayed on in the Navy for twenty-one years, serving during the Korean War as well as World War II, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 1954. As a young serviceman he spent time in Charlestown, where he met his wife Mary. He was later stationed in San Diego and spent a great deal of his career serving overseas.

Returning to live in Woburn following his retirement from the Navy, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service at the facility then located on Draper Street. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a life member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks, and a life member of George Campbell Post 101 American Legion.

He retired to Florida fifteen years ago and led an active life there. His leisure time was spent square dancing and playing horseshoes, pool, and coin collecting, all of which he enjoyed until he was ninety.

Along with his beloved wife Mary (Dillon) Row, he was preceded in death by his brother, Cleo, and two sisters, Opal Lewis and Pearl Roeder.

Surviving are a daughter, Marsha R. McSweeney and her husband Jim of Woburn and a son, Arthur M. Row, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Stockton, Missouri, and two grandsons, Jim and Kevin McSweeney.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, November 4th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will take place in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Arthur’s memory to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

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