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Posted in History, Human Interest by misterroadtripper on December 17, 2010


Tattoo legend Merle K. “Tex” Rowe passed away in his sleep on November 8, 2009 in the Veteran’s Home of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Born June 21, 1921 in Kepple Hill, Rowe loved animals and owned and operated the Shawnee Game Farm in Schellsburg and was a member of a team that cared for the first two panda bears to reside in America at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. A tattoo artist for several decades, Rowe was a member of the United States Army, credited with twenty-five missions in World War II. A little-known fact: Tex owned the gun shop in Dallas. Rowe also performed as “Tex Newhall” in Buck Owens’ circus in the 1940s, had a petting zoo and ice cream stand in Shellsburg, Pennsylvania, near Shawnee State Park, and was part-owner of another zoo at Idlewood Park in Ligonier. He will be missed by humans and animals alike.

Bob Baxter

















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