Birthplace: Brenizer, Pa.
City of Residence: Munson Township, OH
Memorial Date: 10/09/2012 - 9 a.m.
Memorial Location: Church of St. Mary, 401 North St., Chardon.
John (Jack) Rowley, 84, of Munson Township, has passed away.
Jack was born Aug. 25, 1928, in Brenizer, Pa., and grew up in Blairsville, Pa. He graduated from Blairsville High School in 1946.
Jack was drafted into the United States Army on Dec. 5, 1950, and served two years, including 17 months with the peace-keeping forces in the then Free Territory of Trieste (now part of Italy).
Jack graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1958 and a Master’s Degree in 1965 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He taught high school mathematics for six years in Pennsylvania, before moving with his family to Northeast Ohio in 1963 accepting the position of teacher and chairman of the mathematics department at Kenston High School. Jack devoutly served in this capacity for 27 years retiring in 1991, vigorously promoting his students’ pursuit of excellence in mathematics.
Jack’s passion and knowledge of athletics was beneficial to many youths in Geauga County, as he coached numerous seasons of little league baseball in Munson Township and CYO basketball at St. Mary’s.
Jack’s deep loyalty and faith in his Pittsburgh Steelers during his adolescent and young adult years was eventually rewarded with their six Super Bowl victories.
Jack is survived by his loving and loyal wife of 56 years, Betty (nee Mitchell) Rowley of Munson; sons, Brian (Carol) of Pickerington, Randall (Barbara) of Rocky River, Kevin (Lisa) Greer of South Carolina and Robert (Tami) Houston; daughter, Mary Beth (Chad) Merinar of Mentor on the Lake; and 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E. C. Rowley Sr. and Elizabeth Young Rowley; and his siblings, Jean Ferguson, E. C. Rowley Jr. and Dolores Dunmire.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 401 North St., Chardon.
Burial will immediately follow at All Souls Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., Chardon.
Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.