Thomas W. Rowlette

Thomas W. Rowlette
Thomas W. Rowlette

Thomas W. Rowlette, age 86, passed away on December 19, 2013, at Agrace Hospice, Madison, WI. He was born on October 28, 1927, in Covington, KY, the son of Ralph Rowlette and Grace (Free) Rowlette.

Thomas was an extremely talented trumpet and coronet player who at the age of 16 in the 1940s, near the end of World War II, went to New York and played in the “big bands” of Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Les Elgart and Harry James. He graduated from Holmes High School, Covington, KY, June 1945, and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. At 18 he joined the Air Force band and was stationed in Washington DC where he played for many years at the White House and Arlington cemetery etc. In addition, the band played all over Europe many times including London at Buckingham Palace, Paris and Berlin (right after the war ended) as well as northern Africa and the Middle East. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1958 and George Washington University in 1961. He concluded his career as a music teacher in Fairfield, Ohio. He married Betty Lou (Scott) at the Latonia Christian Church on March 2, 1947. Tom and Betty spent their retirement years in both Lebanon, Ohio and Clermont, FL.

He is survivors by his wife, Betty Lou (Scott) Rowlette; son, Thomas J Rowlette and cousin, Bill Hutchcraft,

He was preceded in death by his son, William K Rowlette; his parents and grandparents, Thomas J. and Lillian (Niehaus) Free.

Funeral services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger, KY, on Saturday June 21, at 11:00 am with Reverend Michael Sweeny, Latonia Christian Church officiating.