Shane Rowse, 55, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on September 17, 2020. He was born on November 10, 1964, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Delbert Rowse and Cheryl M. Spear (née Martinson).
Shane was an artist, an educator, a gentleman, and a scholar. He was active in the Kansas City theater community and designed lighting for the American Heartland Theater, Kansas City Actors Theater, Musical Theater Heritage, OwenCox Dance Group, and many others. He was also the lighting designer for A Christmas Carol at Missouri Repertory Theater for fifteen years.
Shane had an artist’s eye and crafter’s hands which he put to use in his many hobbies including photography, astronomy, and kite-flying. He is survived by his loving wife Marianne (Spruell) Rowse; children, Ian and August; mother, Cheryl; brothers, Bret and Seth Rowse, and many extended family members.
Due to an abundance of caution during these pandemic times, the number of attenders at Shane’s memorial will be limited. It will take place inside UMKC’s Spencer Theater, and there will be a live stream of the event, so that those who wish can watch from home.