John Emery Rowell, 86, of East Hardwick passed away Wednesday, February 26th. He was born in Hardwick on November 10, 1933 to James and Lumina Rowell.
He graduated from Hardwick Academy, class of 1952 and attended East Coast Aero Tech in Massachusetts, graduating in 1954. Following graduation he joined the Air Force as a crew member on the B36. He was very proud of his service. In 1995 John retired from OMYA and returned to Hardwick, the town and outdoor lifestyle he loved. He provided many years of devoted service for the Hardwick Historical Society. Projects were his mission and the Depot had many. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion.
John is survived by his wife, Maureen, his children; John Michael, Bryan, Jody, and stepson Paul, six grandchildren; Sam, Jordan, Theresa, Kaysha, Kane, and Emma and great grandson Odin. He also leaves behind his sister, Annette and brother, Jim as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the Hardwick Historical Society, PO Box 177, Hardwick, VT 05843, Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, VT 05841, or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, PO Box 837, Hardwick, VT 05843.
A private graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery. A funeral mass for John will be held at Saint Norbert's Church at a later date to be announced.
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