Family of US 27 crash victim creates fund to honor him

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Last week, Kevin Rowan died in an early morning crash on US 27 near Hessen Cassel Road.

As Rowan’s family mourns, she has found a way to pay their respects. Rowan’s wife, Leigh Rowan, told WANE 15:

Kevin Rowan was extremely proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. To celebrate Kevin’s life, the Rowan family reflects on their love of the outdoors, camping and their time scouting through the creation of the Kevin Rowan CO Camp Mollenhour Memorial Fund. The fund will support young people in Allen County by inspiring a love for nature and raising awareness for conservation. The Rowan family wants to provide young people in Allen County with the opportunity to have a positive experience that will build self-confidence through team building and lessons in individual responsibility through a variety of outdoor activities while participating at the CO Mollenhour camp. Grounded in teaching the principles of conservation, the camp provides participants with engaging exposure to various first responder and conservation careers within the community. The camp includes an annual boys’ week and a separate girls’ week for ages 9-14 promoting the development of various outdoor life skills ranging from, but not limited to; Hunter and Boater Education certification, ATV and tree safety, Indiana native animal identification, proper firearms and shooting sports, fishing with local Bass Club members, scuba diving demonstrations and ICO river rescue, educational sessions with fisheries biologists, bow fishing demonstrations, and trapping and butchering demonstrations. The fund is available to all Allen County youth ages 9-14 who wish to attend CO Mollenhour Camp. The Rowan family looks forward to empowering young people in Allen County through life skills development. Funding selections will be made by the Rowan family with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. “

Donations to the Kevin Rowan CO Moellenhour Camp Memorial Fund can be made here.

Leigh Rowan and her daughter Bridjet Musser run the Ft. Wayne Farmer’s Market. WANE 15 spoke with Musser on Tuesday about his father.

“He was amazing. So he did his best to live the best life possible. And he had worked so hard, up to this point and he was really looking forward to retiring and calming down, but I don’t think the calming was actually going to happen. But he was really looking forward to working with Mom further with the Farmers Market, Side by Side because it was something you really loved doing with her,” Musser said.

She added that her parents were about to have their retirement home completed and ready to live in.

The Farmers Market is set to move to Union Street Market at Electric Works when it opens later this year. Musser said it wouldn’t be easy when they officially moved into their new year-round home and his dad wasn’t around to see him.

“It’s going to be quite difficult,” Musser said. “It’s going to be very difficult, and when it does it will be fresh again, in that sense, but you know, he would have loved to be there this time.”

The accident Rowan was in is still under investigation.

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