Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Oswell Ovid "Joe" Rowden

Cushing Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, July 30, 1968

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Reflections for Chief of Police Oswell Ovid "Joe" Rowden

I remember Joe Rowden went to school with his sons. In 1958 he stopped me for a quick stop at a stop sign. He said Tom you are a senior in high school I know you can read a stop sign. I replied but Joe I stopped. He said next time stop a little longer. He and my brother in law were killed 07/30 1968 while transporting 2 prisoners to the county jail.

Thomas Watson

July 30, 2023

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 30, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 30, 2018

Chief of Police Oswell O. ROWDEN ... the passage of time will never diminish our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless You and Deputy Sheriff Jerry M. BEAL

another grateful citizen

July 30, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 23, 2013

I was 8 years old when my grandmother and I passed the accident shortly after it occured. The sadness for the two officers has always stayed with me.

J.C. Mouser

August 20, 2012

You are sorely missed, as are your wife, Johnaphine, and your son, John T., who have now joined you. We love you.

Ron Rowden, son
Mark Rowden, grandson
Aaron Rowden, great-grandson
Nadalie Rowden, great-great-grandaughter
Jennifer Rowden, great-grandaughter
Sarah Rowden, great-grandaughter
Kristy Rowden, grandaughter
Keeley Cebreros, great-grandaughter
Katey Cebreros, great-grandaughter
David Rowden, grandson
Martinique Rowden, great-grandaughter
David Rowden, II, great-grandson
Cameron Rowden, great-grandson

Debi (Rowden) Clay
Family member

December 30, 2005

Chief Rowden,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cushing. What boggles my mind, is how the piece of scum that murdered you, only served at the most 12 years in prison for killing two Law Enforcement officers.


July 30, 2005



July 30, 2004

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