Rowan is preceded in death by his Maternal Grandmother, Debra Henderson, and several young angel friends, including Jalene Salinas and Chrissie Patterson. He is survived by his Mother and Father, Carrie and Brian Windham (New Braunfels, Texas); his older brother, Ian Windham; his older sister, Zoe Windham (Austin, Texas); his Maternal Grandfather, Jerry Mansfield (Springfield, Ohio); his Paternal Grandparents, Judy and Caleb Windham (Pipe Creek, Texas); his aunts, Amy Mansfield, Jennifer Price and Jennifer Windham; uncles Bruce Windham, Shannon Windham, Zalen Windham and Toby Price; and cousins, Meghan, Olivia, Veronica, Cameron, Aidan, Avery, Alec, Aris, and Preston; his best friends Christa, Charlotte, David, and Sam; as well as many other friends who have fought their own health battles. Rowan dedicated each day of his recent hospitalization to one of these friends, fighting in their honor or memory.
Rowan was in and out of the hospital constantly, and never went to school outside of the home. He had nearly 100 surgeries and was in the hospital over 1500 days of his life. However, not a day went by that he didn’t tell someone, “I love my Life!” And he meant it. He loved God, trusting him no matter what, reassuring us often, “I’ll be fine…either way”.
Rowan was an avid artist, soccer player, thespian, video gamer, Lego builder, chef, Bigfoot fan and philanthropist. He was an honorary Sheriff, Fireman, Lil Guardian with the Guardian's of the Children, member of the Defense and Veteran's Affairs Committee, and member of the Texas Army National Guard and Washington State Army National Guard. More than anything though, we pray Rowan will be remembered for his faith and positive outlook. His life, though short and medically challenging, was filled with wonder and amazement. His life verse was “Let me live that I may praise you.” Psalm 119:175 and he praised God for every one of his 3,797 days. May his message of faith, hope and love live on throughout all who loved him.
In lieu of flowers, we request that memorial donations be made to either Marrow Match, or Be the Match in Rowan’s name. Rowan did not have a match on the national bone marrow registry, and his life goal was to find 1 million bone marrow matches for others like himself. He worked with these two charities in the months before he left for Seattle. Nothing would make him prouder than if we help reach that goal.
Memorial Service to be held Friday, January 6th at 11:00 am at Live the Life Church in San Antonio, 5595 US Highway 87 E, 78222. Visitation to follow immediately afterwards, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, followed by the procession to Hill Country Memorial Gardens in New Braunfels for 3:00 pm burial service, 11700 State Highway 46 West, 78132. A celebration of life, climb and bubble blowing event will be held Saturday, January 7th at 8:30 am at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, 16710 Ranch Road 965, 78624. Park opens at 8:00 am.
Rowan’s life verse was “Let me live that I may praise you.” Psalm 119:175 and he praised God for every one of his 3,797 days. May his message of faith, hope and love live on throughout all who knew and loved him.
***Floral deliveries may be made on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 9am-3pm to Olinger-Saenz Mortuary at 6614 S. Flores St., San Antonio, Texas 78214***