It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Rowdy Gifford passed away around 2:30pm on July 16, 2020 due to complications with COVID-19. Showering Love is grieving the loss of such a great man. To give you an idea of who he was, here’s some background on Rowdy.
Rowdy was born in Kansas in August 9, 1952. After graduating high school, he joined the army and volunteered to go to Vietnam.
He had his share of trouble and adventures when he got back from Vietnam, but it led him to becoming an extraordinary man. He won several power lifting competitions, became a Journeyman Plumber, then a Master Plumber. In 2000 he took up body building and won the competition in 2002, two months shy of his 50th birthday.
Mr. Gifford retired from plumbing after 20 years and became an area manager who oversaw many job sites. He then became a Plumbing Inspector and a Plans Examiner.
To help him deal with his past, Rowdy began writing and it turned into a book about his life called, “The Man with 17 Names.”
Rowdy was then asked if he would help build a mobile shower bus for Showering Love, he agreed to do so. He did a lot more than help. He was the mastermind behind the building of Grace and a board member of Showering Love.
His generosity, creativity and steadfastness has made a difference for over 10,000 who have used the bus since its conception. He wasn’t only a gift to Showering Love, but he was a gift to everyone who met him. There’s not many men like Rowdy and Showering Love is so blessed to have been able to call Rowdy a Board Member, its Master Plumber and most importantly, a friend.