John Pedden Bellows lived from November 18 1921 to May 13 2016. He was a warm, strong, man, and a devoted husband to Florence for 64 years. He was a D-day veteran with a Bronze Star, proud member of the 5th Ranger Battalion. After the war was over, he supervised track, field, and soccer in Germany as part of the normalization. John remembered those times with pleasure. In his own way, John was a Renaissance man. While courting Florence, he restored a canvas covered canoe, and taught her to paddle it. He designed lee boards for the canoe and sewed a sail. Later, there was canoe racing, a son or daughter in the bow. He was an amateur architect, designing and building 2 homes for his family, putting his children to work varnishing exposed beams. The second house had an indoor swimming pool heated by solar panels, almost unheard of in 1972. He loved working with tools. If a camp stool or a wooden chandelier was required, he built it. He shared that love with his children. None of us is afraid of a drill or a skill saw, thanks to John. He was an Alpine skier before there were lifts, hiking up and skiing down mountains in his native Vermont. He continued to ski into his early 80's. He was a long distance runner in college (UVM-Burlington) and when his children were young he'd wake them early to run through the rural fields. John and Florence raised their family in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, where he gave back to the community as a longtime member of the Lions Club. They retired to the Bellingham, Washington area. They traveled happily and extensively, in the US and throughout the world. John delighted in saying that the Pacific Northwest was the only place he knew where you could go skiing in the morning, play a round of golf in the afternoon, then take an evening cruise in your sailboat. That's exactly what he did, enjoying these activities with friends and family. John is survived, and will be always remembered by his daughters Katherine Bellows (Jim Mitchell) and Barbara Bellows (Mario Martinez), son Carl Bellows (An-Marie Bellows), and grandsons Ian and Jeremy Bellows.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 5, 2016