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EDMONTON – D. Dean Rowe, Sr., 68, passed away peacefully in his home, at the Rowe Estate, on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022. Dean spent his last days surrounded by family.


Dean was the only son of the late Murrell and Lucy Ervin Rowe. He leaves behind his loving wife, Gena Couch-Rowe, his son, Dennis Dean Rowe, and his grandson, Jordan Dean Rowe. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, and his cherished friends.


Dean grew up in Sulphur Well, Kentucky, where he leaves behind a historic legacy to the community, Cabin Creek, located on Little Barren River. Dean will be remembered for his great gift of storytelling, his generous spirit, and his leadership roles in the community.


Dean retired from the Kentucky State Transportation department representing Metcalfe County. He continued his career and served as a County Road Supervisor. He served for decades as an active member in the Metcalfe County Fiscal Court meetings. After he retired from the Kentucky State transportation department, he continued his education and earned his license as a Kentucky State Master Auctioneer. He continued to work as a local partner with Dile Realty & Auction Company, Edmonton, Kentucky. Dean was a noted historian and co-author of The Historic Images of America Metcalfe County Kentucky, notably displayed in the National Library, Washington, DC.


Dean was appointed to represent Metcalfe County on the council of the Barren River Area District, as an honorable board member. He was also appointed and passionately served multiple terms as a board member of the Metcalfe County Nursing Home. He was an active participant in both the Kentucky State and local Democratic Party. He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge #931 and served as a local officer during his membership.


Visitation Services for D Dean Rowe, Sr. will begin Thursday, April 21st from 3 p.m. -8 p.m., and Masonic services will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.


Friday, April 22nd, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with formal funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. at Butler Funeral Home, Edmonton, Kentucky. He will be laid to rest at Smiths Cemetery, Sulphur Well, Kentucky, beside his parents.


Butler Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted to the care of Mr. Rowe. Please send your messages of condolence to the family at

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