John Newell III

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Newell, John III
died peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 14, 2013. He was born December 30, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1943. As a 1st Lieutenant, he served as a Tank Platoon leader in the 68th Tank BN, 6th Armored Division of General Patton's Third Army in WWII until he was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart and two Battle Stars for heroism in ground combat near Margaret, Belgium, January, 1945. After spending a year in hospitals he met and married Mildred Fischer in 1946. They were married 46 years and opened the first Florida Orvis store, DownEast/Rod-Gun, in Winter Park in 1977. They had three children, Jane, Tige, and Dan. Mil died of cancer in 1991. John began his career in manufacturing at Clevite Corp. in Cleveland, taking classes at Case Western Institute of Technology. He gained experience with manufacturing, new product development and sales, which led to formation of Clevite's Aerospace division, where he served as General Manager and responsible for producing the fuel cell electrode for NASA,s Apollo Mission and Lem Space Capsule, and Director of Marketing for Clevite's Automotive Parts Division. He was a catalyst with excess energy. His ideas led to the Waite Hill Master Plan in the 60,s and the conceived plan for Riverstone in Kirtland, Oh. He founded the Kirtland Education Foundation. Then on to Florida as a consultant with AIRCOA, in 1973, Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club, which included early work on plans for neighboring, Isleworth. He was a land planner, RealEstate Broker, community developer, and retail merchant in Winter Park, Fl. He had active associations with the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Chairman of Lake County Republican committee and co-chair of Ohio Republican Finance Committee in Cuyahoga and Lake counties, YMCA, and The Tavern Club. He loved oysters and good food, boats, fishing, and duck shooting. He loved the land, open spaces, surrounded by his family, horses and dogs, but most of all he loved his family. John was introduced to April in Florida at the end of 1992. In 1993 they returned to Culver for John's 50th reunion, where he connected with his original, undefeated 9 man rowing team, who engaged in 7 years of Eastern conference competition, culminating at Henley in England in 2000. John's passion for his country lead to his helping establish a Veteran memorial in downtown Orlando, Fl.at Lake Eola Park with a registered congressional dedication in 1999. John was a member of the Kirtland Country Club, The Tavern Club, Winous Shooting Club and Marsh Conservancy, Winter Park University Club, Choir investment Club, Terravita Veteran's WWII Club, and Military Officer's Association of America. John was preceded in death by Mil, his first wife, his daughter Jane and his brother's James and Charles. He is survived by his devoted wife April, his children Tige (Courtney) Newell, Dan (Judy) Newell and grandchildren, Hayley (Johnny), Caitlin (Steven), Ian, Ben, Tom, Laura, and his wife's children Jeanne (Alex) Leckie, Bryce (Holly) Leckie, and their children Taylor and Ashton. John will be in our hearts forever and remembered as an accepting, caring, energetic individual. We celebrate what he brought to our lives. Private services will be held to honor John. The family appreciates memorials to , Arizona, Culver Military Academy (Boat House), Bridge Riding for the Handicapped, 743 W. Pekin Rd. Lebanon, Ohio 45036.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 24, 2013
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