Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correctional Officer Gary Lee Rowe

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, February 7, 1983

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Correctional Officer Gary Lee Rowe

Officer Rowe,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the USMC in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

February 7, 2023

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

February 7, 2021

Correctional Officer Rowe, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2020

Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

Even though you were taken before I was born or chose this profession, you are not forgotten.

Bureau of Prisons

June 9, 2015

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace.

Dennis Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 22, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 3, 2013

Uncle Gary: As a baby you would come over just to play with me. One of my favorite pictures is of me on your shoulders as a baby. I grew up loving you and thinking I was your favorite neice! I miss you every day.

I want to tell you that you have a beautiful, daughter and a handsome son. I call them brother and sister and love them with all my heart. Lisa is an intelligent, confident lady that I am extremely proud of and Gary Jr. is small like you, has a big heart and is always making us laugh. I know they were the light of your life. Please know that they have been loved. They have become wonderful adults that you would be proud of.

God Bless you!

Your Favorite Neice!

March 11, 2012

I am truly touched by all of the heartfelt messages posted on this page. They so accurately reflect the amazing and wonderful man who Gary and I were so blessed to call our dad. As my brother stated in his message, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to either one of us at any time. Thank you so much. God bless you all.

Lisa "Rowe" Schroeder

March 1, 2012

I am so greatful for all the thoughts and prayers that all of you have done. If you worked with my dad it would be great if you would contact me via email we would love to hear storys and memories of my dad.

Thank you and God Bless!

Gary L Rowe Jr.

February 26, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 29th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 7, 2012

A true brave protector of society. You are not forgotten. My heart goes out to your children and all you have missed in their lives.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

Thank for you service. I was a Terminal Island, a lot of people knew and respected you. God Bless

Corrections Officer
Bureau of Prisons

November 28, 2010

Today we rang a bell for You this Correctional Officers Week. God Bless


May 5, 2010

May you Rest in Peace, You are not forgotten!

Senior Officer Specialist, B Rod

May 26, 2009

Officer Rowe,
On today, the 26th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of of a Corrections Officer.



February 7, 2009

Gary, I started at the Indiana State Prison in March 1980 and worked with you in the Guard Hall where we used to drive Capt. Kozatek crazy by yelling back and forth from gate 3 and gate 4. You were small in statue but large in heart and guts. There aren't many of us old timers left at ISP but you name comes up ocassionally and it is always with fond memories and respect. God bless you and we'll see you again.

Vince Morton
Indiana State Prison

January 9, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 2008

I remember when we were two young go-getters at USP Lompoc, Ca. I recall your transfer to MCC San Diego to be near your children. I still smile when I think of you wearing those blue tinted glasses that made the lieutenants mad. See you at the EOW.

Bill Henderson
Bureau of Prisons

Gary, when you and I were working in cell block C at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, I knew you had what it took to be a great Correctional Officer, that my friend is what cost you your life. You were fair, ran a secure cell house, and the folks you were charged with watching couldn't stand an officer that "Worked by the Rules" It has been many years since I last had the privledge to work with you, but what you taught me, I use everyday. Rest in Peace my friend, those of us you left behind still think of you and still respect you.

Lt. Terry Elkins

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.