William R. ‘Skinny’ Rowe, 79, of Bethlehem (obituary)

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William R. “Skinny” Rowe, 79, from Bethlehem, died Thursday, December 9, 2021 at his home. Husband of the late Nancy Mae Sutton, who died in 1966. Bill was born in Bethlehem on September 19, 1942, the son of the late Gerald and Caroline (Heidecker) Rowe. He owned and operated Bechdolt Orchards in Lower Saucon Township, where he started working at a young age and was employed until his death. He really lived for his farm. Bill loved motorcycle racing and traveling.


Son: William R. Jr. (Christine), Richard K., both of Hellertown; stepchildren: Cindy J. (Lucas) Newhart, with whom he resided, Cheryl (William) Newhart of Bethlehem, Steven Newhart of Hellertown; brother: Thomas Rowe of Steel City, two grandchildren; step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by siblings: Frances C. Heydt Brown, Robert “Chirp” G. Rowe, Beatrice Hunsinger, Geraldine Bechdolt and his life partner: Kathleen “Lynn” Marie Newhart.


Family and friends are invited to call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021 and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, December 17 at Heintzelman Funeral Home, 326 Main Street, Hellertown. Call time on Friday will be followed by service at 11 a.m. Interment will end services at Union Cemetery in Hellertown. Grievers are encouraged to make positive choices by following CDC guidelines. Expressions of sympathy online can be registered at HeintzelmanCares.com.


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton, PA 18042.

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