John Ward Rowley

MOIRA –– John Ward Rowley, age 96, passed away March 31, 2018, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.

John Was born Nov. 27, 1921, in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. He was the son of the late Mildred Freeman Rowley and Arthur Clark Rowley, originally of Westville, NY. After serving as a U.S. Customs agent in Fort Covington, John's father was transferred to Montreal, Quebec, where John received his formal education.

Enlisting in 1942 in the U.S. Army, John served in the European Theater of Operations with the 20th Armored Division and was honorably discharged in 1945. After his service, he was employed by Altman and Green Jewelers, Marine Midland Bank and Franklin County Social Services, from which he retired.

John was first married to Lucy Wilson of Montreal. He was predeceased by Lucy in 1972. In 1999, he married Hope Reilly, who survives.

John was an avid hunter and fisherman in his earlier years and an avid marksman throughout his entire life. He enjoyed reading, observing wildlife and his loving dog and cats.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, John was predeceased by a daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Michael Monette of Vermont.

Survivors include his wife, Hope; son Stuart of Malone; and daughter Jacqueline (Jess) Romero of Texas, as well as his sister, Ruth Neubauer of Saranac Lake; and grandchildren Cora Monette of Vermont, Lucy Monette of Florida, Danielle Romero of Texas and Gabriel Romero of California.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at Grace Community Church in Moira on Tuesday, April 3, at noon.

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