Lynn and Dora Rowbury will lead the Pioneer Day parade as grand marshals. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, in Aberdeen.
The Pioneer Day celebration, with the theme of “Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel” will begin that morning with a fun run/walk at 7:45 a.m. Registration will begin at 7:15 at the Aberdeen City Park. The parade will line up at 8 a.m. and judging will take place at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with most items costing $1 each. At 12:30 will be the live fish pond and races.
On Sunday, July 28, there will be a Pioneer Music Choir perform at 7 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center in American Falls.
Lynn Rowbury was born in Osgood, ID, and later, when he was a sophomore, his family moved to Sterling. There were three boys that moved from the Lost River (Arco) area. One of them introduced Lynn to Dora, who was born in Aberdeen. One of the boys really liked Dora and would have married her when they were old enough. Dora said that is why one of their songs is “Tennessee Waltz”. Lynn and Dora were both sophomores when they were introduced.
Lynn’s family, after about 1 1/2 years in Sterling moved to Moses Lake, WA. Lynn attended Aberdeen High School while they were here. Lynn and Dora corresponded by writing a letter a day. Dora said she was glad that it only cost three cents to mail a letter then.
In February 1955 Dora traveled to Moses Lake to see Lynn. She was there for about a week and then came back to Aberdeen, but while she was there, Lynn proposed to her. The day after she graduated from high school she traveled to Moses Lake with the Chamberlains. Lynn gave her an engagement ring at that time. Dora was also able to attend Lynn’s graduation from high school while there.
They were married on Aug. 26, 1955 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Their honeymoon consisted of the trip back to Moses Lake with Lynn’s parents. They lived in Moses Lake for about a year and a half and Lynn helped his father farm, until the beets froze in the ground and the crop failed. They moved back to Aberdeen and Lynn worked for TS Vanderford. He worked there for 11 years and then started working part-time for Ron Foster and Vern Duffin. He worked three days for each man. After one year of doing that, Ron Foster hired Lynn full time.
Lynn worked for Ron Foster and Foster Farms for 44 years, from 1968 to 2012, when he retired. Dora drove truck for them in harvest for 41 years. She also worked part-time at Aberdeen City Hall from June 1990 through December 2012.
They have six children, Lynette, who lives in Blackfoot, Kent, Aberdeen (who also works for Foster Farms), Kyle, Idaho Falls, DeAnne, Spanish Fork, UT, Alan, Herriman (south of Salt Lake City), UT, and Charlotte, who was in Sacramento, CA, but is now back in Aberdeen. They have 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and that number keeps growing.
They are very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have given a lot of service over the years. Lynn was a stake missionary for 19 years, was first councilor in the bishopric for six years, a member of the high council, high priest group leader, elder’s quorm second councilor, and was Junior MN leader when it was changed to Ensign leader (what is now the Young Men’s program).
Dora has been in the Primary, Relief Society and MIA (Young Women) presidencies and had many other callings, most of which are with the music.
Together they were dance directors and taught a group that participated in a regional dance festival. They love to dance and don’t miss any dance they can go to.
Dora said she will sing in any choir she can find and Lynn enjoys doing carpentry work. Together they enjoy going to the temple and try to go every two weeks.
Their favorite saying is “Our greatest blessings call us grandma and grandpa!”