John E. Rowsam, 84, Lowville

LOWVILLE, NY —  John E. Rowsam, 84, of Rector Road, Lowville, passed away at Lewis County General Hospital on Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, 2021.

Born March 28, 1937, in Martinsburg, NY, a son of the late Lynn and Grace Castle Rowsam, he attended a country school on the Rector Road and graduated from in 1956 from Lowville Academy.

John married Shirley M. Kirk on June 25, 1960, at the United Methodist Church of  Boonville with the Rev. Alton Parker officating. Together with his wife, they owned and operated the family farm until 1991.

In addition to farming, he trucked canned milk for  area farmers, drove cattle truck for John Mahoney Livestock  and  Richard Bush & Son Trucking. He also worked for the NNY Farmers Market sale barn. After he retired from farming John went to work for the Town of Martinsburg Highway Dept for 12 years until his retirement.

John was a Life Member BPOE #1605 Lowville Lodge.

He enjoyed hunting, mowing lawns, riding his 4-wheeler, bird watching, growing potatoes and eating apples.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; four children, Beverly and Paul Hoerner of Anderson, SC; Stanley and Darlene Rowsam of Copenhagen; Rodney and Sharon Rowsam of Boonville; and Richard Rowsam of Lowville, NY; a twin brother, James Rowsam of Lowville; four siblings and their spouses, Bernice and Bernard Ardison of Croghan; Herbert and Betty Rowsam of Lowville; Jane and Donald Abel of Anderson, SC; and Loren and Carlene Rowsam of Lowville; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Bryan Rowsam; twin sisters, Helen and Helena Rowsam, and a sister-in-law, Joan Rowsam.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family at Iseneker Funeral Home. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in the West Lowville Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lewis County Search and Rescue 7740 W. State Street Lowville NY, 13367,  West Lowville Rural Cemetery Association 7546 State Route 12 Lowville NY, 13367 or Office of the Aging P.O. Box 193, Lowville NY, 13367.

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