Ralph Rowland, 82, of Brookings, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Grants Pass, of complications following surgery.
He was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Santa Cruz, Calif., to Leon B. and Jeannette W. Rowland.
He was raised in Santa Cruz and attended high school there.
Upon graduating from San Jose State in 1954, he married Leta G. Salvas.
He joined the U.S. Army where he served at the Public Information Office at Fort Belvoir, Va., and later in New York where he was chief announcer at the Recruiting Publicity Center, and announced, wrote for and produced many on-air programs, including "Proudly We Hail." He had the opportunity to interview musical legends of the day such as Stan Kenton, Les Elgart, Mitch Miller, Roger Williams and Percy Faith.
Following his discharge from the Army he and his wife took a trip around the world and then settled in Denver where he worked for KOA and KHOW.
In 1961 they moved to the Chicago area and he announced for WAIT 820 AM until 1976 and then for FM100 (WLOO) until 1988. It was there that he became known to his friends as "The Voice."
In the meantime, his first marriage ended in divorce, and in 1968 he married Ruth P. Eargle.
They retired to Brookings in 1997, where he was able to indulge in his passion for garage sales and movies. He also enjoyed repairing things and tinkering about in the garage; he was fascinated by classic cars. He very much loved his dog and cats as well.
Survivors include his wife Ruth of Brookings; brother Alan (Molly) Rowland of Honolulu; stepchildren Geoffrey Eargle and Amy Eargle, granddaughter Bailey Moon, all of Sacramento, Calif. Also surviving are a niece and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Jackson; brother-in-law Robert Jackson; and niece Catherine Jackson. No service is planned.
Memorial remembrances may be made to South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings OR 97415.
Submitted by the family.