He was born December 16, 1946, at Kirksville, MO, the son of Richard Francis and Irene Bowen Rowlison. He was united in marriage to Donna Kay Gipson on September 18, 1965, at Edina, MO.
Surviving are his wife Donna Kay Rowlison of Novelty, MO, four children, Angela Kay Justice and James of Edina, MO, Nadon Hayes and Logan of Milan, MO, Greg Rowlison and Kay of New Bloomfield, MO, and Gary Rowlison and Tammy of Columbia, MO, one brother Charles Rowlison and Helen of Hurdland, MO, one sister Reta Yoakum and Eugene of Brashear, MO, six grandchildren, Kimberly Nelson and Nick, David Justice, Cynthia Jeffers and Jay, Cory Rowlison, Latasha Shultz (Justin) and Kirk Ammons, six great grandchildren, several brothers and sisters- in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law Leon Hayes, two nephews Kevin Yoakum and Travis Arment.
John received his education in Knox County. He served several years in the National Guard. John lived most of his life in Knox County where he logged, farmed and milked cows. For the past several years he was a truck driver for Cardwell-Noe Trucking. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, westerns and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Reverend Mike Rash will officiate the services. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Hurdland, MO.
Casket bearers will be David Arment, Kenny Dooley, Gene Yoakum, Roger Gipson, Jim Hyde, Junior Cardwell, Marvin Yoakum and Darrin Yoakum.
Honorary bearers will be Dale Bowen, Mike Hamlin, Charles Rowlison, Leroy Cardwell, Cory Rowlison, Kirk Ammons, David Justice and Mark Cardwell.
Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.
Memorials in memory of John William Rowlison may be made to the family. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.