Apex guests, staff will miss Orville Rowland

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A very special member of the Apex Center community, Orville Rowland, passed away on November 30, 2012. He had referred to the Apex Center as his “second home.” Orville and his wife, Margaret, had been attending the Apex Center since its opening in 2000. His love of running, at 90 years young, was exemplified as he would be seen sprinting down the “straight-away” on the indoor track.

Orville was known around the Apex Center as the “energizer bunny.” He had this great advice to new SilverSneakers members: “Get over here early and do it before your body figures out what’s going on!”

Orville was born and raised in Denver, and he proudly served our country in WWII and the Korean War. On several Veterans Days, he would come to the Apex Center proudly dressed in his military jacket, which still fit “like a glove,” attesting to his passion for staying active in his retirement years.

On May 1, 2009, Orville was crowned King at the annual SilverSneakers Senior Prom. Upon receipt of this recognition, in the light-hearted spirit of the award, “King” Orville issued this Royal Decree expressing his appreciation to the event organizers: “The King and his consort felt it was a very delightful event; of distinctly royal character. The presence of all the loyal subjects who attended this Royal Event was greatly appreciated, and the attention paid to the King and his Consort during the evening was especially enjoyed. By order of the Crown, ‘King of the Prom’.”

In summer 2012, Orville and his wife celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. One of our regular morning guests made running bibs with “ROWLAND 70 (1942-2012)”, which were “ceremoniously” pinned on them. Several guests wore them during their workout to join in the celebration of this monumental event.

This inspirational gentleman will be missed by all. Many Apex Center guests and staff members hold fond memories of this INCREDIBLE man who so lovingly touched our lives.