Leslie Jay Rowley

December 9, 1950 - June 8, 2022
Leslie Jay Rowley


Leslie “Les” Jay Rowley was born on December 9, 1950 in Grant, Nebraska the son of Milo and Margie Rowley. Leslie passed away on June 8, 2022 at the age of 71 in Wilmington, NC with his wife Christina Rowley by his side.

In addition to his parents, Leslie is preceded in death by his sister LaRetta Brewer, brother-in-law Nate Skeels, and nephew Lynn Skeels.

Leslie grew up in Grant along with his two brothers and three sisters. He attended Grant Elementary and graduated from Perkins County high school in 1969. In 1968 he won the Elks Golden Gloves championship in McCook, NE. After graduating high school Leslie joined the Navy and was stationed at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA where he received an honorable discharge. He then moved to Denver, CO where he lived for several years and worked as a pressman for the Rocky Mountain News until his retirement in 2012.

In 1985 Leslie married Carol Sweaney and from this union, his daughter Marisa Lynn Rowley was born. In 2005 Leslie met Christina and on December 9, 2010 they were united in marriage. Together they lived in Denver, CO until 2019 when they moved to Wilmington, NC. Leslie was an avid gardener and enjoyed living close to the lighthouses of the Outer Banks.

Leslie is survived by his wife Christina of Wilmington, NC; daughter Marisa of Denver, CO; stepson James of Wilmington, NC; stepdaughter Rachel of Wilmington, NC; brothers Leon Rowley of Grant, NE; Larry Rowley and wife Susan of Hot Springs, AR; sisters Linda Skeels of Ridgecrest, CA; Lisa White and husband Jeff of Ridgecrest, CA; brother-in-law Lonny Brewer of Oberlin, KS; sister-in-law Gerri Olson and husband Randy of Wilmington, NC; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, countless friends, neighbors, and coworkers from coast to coast. He was respected, loved, and admired by many! Leslie also leaves behind his beloved yorkie Bella, who was always by his side.

We all take comfort in knowing he is in Heaven watching over us each and every day.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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  • September 21, 2022
    Rick (Spall) Howell posted an image:
    The photo of Grant Athletic Club team and trophies, 1967-1968. Les was the best boxer of the team. Great right hook and counter puncher.
Les and I had a reunion of sorts in 2010. Gave me a tour of paper manufacturing facility in Denver he worked at.
So sorry for your loss.
    The photo of Grant Athletic Club team and trophies, 1967-1968. Les was the best boxer of the team. Great right hook and counter puncher. Les and I had a reunion of sorts in 2010. Gave me a tour of paper manufacturing facility in Denver he worked at. So sorry for your loss.

  • July 23, 2022
    Christina Rowley posted an image:


  • July 21, 2022
    Robert Light says:
    Our deepest condolences to the family. Les I really wish we had more time and that I got to know you better, you were kind and welcoming, you were an immediate friend and I truly appreciate that. Rest in peace my new friend.

  • July 20, 2022
    Christina Rowley posted an image:
    Bella and I.
    Bella and I.

  • July 20, 2022
    Christina Rowley says:
    My dear husband, The love that we shared most people search for but, never find. We were BLESSED to have found each other. I was so fortunate to have you at my side. You were one of a kind! You were so funny, so intelligent, so caring and always the first to lend a helping hand. You filled my life with laughter and joy every single day. You are forever in my heart. I love and miss you so much honey. I can’t wait to see you in Heaven. Your wife, Christina YESTERDAY - TODAY - TOMORROW