Billy S. Rowland

Burial Date:

February 2, 2018

Birth & Death Date:

July 6, 1931 - January 24, 2018

Funeral Home:

Dovin Reber-Jones Funeral Center (Directions)


House of Praise International Church (Directions)

Billy S. Rowland, 86, of Lorain, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Independence Village Senior Living in the Story Point Memory Care Unit from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
He was born on July 6, 1931 in McConnelsville, OH to Denver and Ola (nee Scott) Rowland. He moved to Lorain with his family at the age of 11 and graduated from Clearview High School. Upon his graduation from High School he enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1949. While in the Air Force he served in the USAF Honor Guard Drill Team. The Drill Team promotes the Air Force mission by showcasing drill performances at public and military venues to recruit, retain and inspire Airmen. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
Billy began his career at B.F. Goodrich Company in 1953 – 1957. Billy started his own business in Lorain County in 1957 as Bill Rowland, General Contractors. He began acquiring and building residential and commercial properties in 1965. He established Rowland Trucking, Inc., a bulk aggregate carrier, in 1963. In 1965 he started P-R Truck Rental, Inc., a truck leasing company. Partnerships were formed with his wife creating Universal Container Repair in 1981, the Double R Ranch House in 1983 and Images Salon in 1985. In 1987 he merged Frank's Transport, Inc. into Lor-Co Bulk Transport, Inc., a bulk cement carrier.
In 1991 Starland Investments, Inc. was formed and in 1993 the ""Super K-Mart"" in Lorain became a reality creating 400 new jobs. He was also successful in retaining and developing the site for Reliance Comm-Tech's (a.k.a. Marconi's) headquarters in North Ridgeville which kept 140 jobs in Lorain County.
Billy formed and chartered Buckeye Community Bank in October of 1999. In 2000, he opened his first JD Byrider store, going on to expand the Franchise to locations in Marietta, OH, Parkersburg, WV, Charleston, WV, Morgantown, WV, Barboursville, WV and Ashland, KY.
In December of 2000, a private foundation (Rowland Family Foundation) was created and funded to insure a long term commitment to the funding of Christian teachings.
As of 2002, Phases I through IV of Beavercreek Estates, a residential housing development, 75 single family homes were completed located off of Cooper Foster Park Road, in Lorain, immediately West of Super K-Mart. In 2003, groundbreaking for 72 cluster homes began in conjunction with RJL Construction. 
Billy became Chairman of the Board of the $ 9 Mil. Echoing Hills Foundation, Coshocton, Ohio , a mission to provide quality of life for the mentally challenged and disabled in a Christian environment, in September of 2002.
He served the community as Y.M.C.A., of Lorain, Board Member, City of Lorain Planning Commission, City of Lorain Board of Appeals, Chairman, Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority, Chairman, Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees, City Bank Company Director, Salvation Army Advisory Board Past Chairman, Lorain County Community College Foundation Board, Lorain County Airport Authority, Lorain Rotary Club, Central Trust Co. No. Ohio NA Past Director, Amherst Hospital Board of Trustees Past Chairman, Community Foundation of great Lorain County Past Chairman, and the Buckeye Community Bank Board member, Chairman and Founder.
Billy was the first recipient of The Richard A. Desich award for Entrepreneur of the Year, established by Lorain County Community College, on November 17, 2005. He was also the recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Community Service, awarded by Leadership Lorain County, at the Difference Makers Gala on February 27, 2004.
He was a member of the Soul Harbour Baptist Church, in Marietta, OH and the House of Praise, in Lorain, OH. He enjoyed playing Racquetball, working on his bulldozer contouring the land and creek beds, renovating cabins and homes in Southern Ohio. He had a great love of the land, and loved farming and working on the land.
Billy is survived by his children, Carla (Jim) Park, of Amherst, OH, Tina Everson, of Long Beach, CA, Melody (Alan) Howarth, of Newport Beach, CA, Joy Brackney, of Reno, NV, Kitte (John) Taylor, of Bay Village, OH, and William (Ping) Rowland, of Elyria; step-daughter, Tracy Longwell, of Grafton, OH; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; and 1 step great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Fay R. (nee Anderson) Rowland; infant son who died at birth; parents, Denver and Ola Rowland; sister, Betty Gailey; and his son-in-law, Kim Everson.
The Rowland family will receive friends on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Dovin and Reber Jones funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. at House of Praise International Church, 4321 Elyria Ave., Lorain, Ohio. Pastor Gilbert Silva, will officiate. Interment will follow at Ridgehill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp.
The family suggest memorial contributions be made in memory of Billy to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194.
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