John Thomas EWERS

News Death Notice

EWERS, John Thomas Born January 29, 1935 to Glendora (Nellist) and Leonard Guy Ewers in Pittsburgh, PA, lived a life of faith and love as a fantastic family man and community member. John graduated from Cornell University in 1956 and married Paula Marie Schmidt on July 12, 1958 in Rochester, NY. Together they have 4 children: Kathryn (David) Roy, John Todd (deceased 1992), Peter (Beverley-Lynn), & Richard; and 8 grandchildren: Zach, Eric, & Celina Roy, Josh & Noah Ewers; and Jesse McCray, Zion Bass, & Promise Ewers. John is also survived by his loving sister Nance (Art) Falter and many nieces and nephews. John was an avid runner and led his family into this sport in 1972. He ran more than 30K lifetime miles and 27 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons. John worked for Burroughs Corp for 25 years, throughout the US. In 1983 he became Dir. of Mfg. at NCR Systemedia. After retiring from NCR in 1991 John pursued his passion for volunteer work. As a church member, John shared his vocal talent in many choirs. His church leadership roles included Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session, Chair of various ministering units, and handyman extraordinaire. At Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity, John served as President, Treasurer, Bookkeeper, House Leader, and expert roofer, earning him the title of "Mr. Habitat." With Paula, John actively supported the early years of the Dayton City Paper (The Dayton Voice). John was a board member and bookkeeper at Monco Industries, where son Todd worked for 9 years. He pursued social justice by demonstrating against the Iraq War, writing and visiting his legislators, and speaking to groups and congregations. After their 1998 trip to Colombia, John and Paula advocated to close the School of the Americas. This led John to serve as a "Prisoner of Conscience" in the Ashland KY federal prison from Jul 2001 to Jan 2002. In Jul 2005 John and Paula became mission co-workers in Barranquilla, Colombia. They returned to the Dayton community in June 2008 where they bravely encountered the challenges of John's Alzheimer's disease until his death on January 21, 2013. John exemplified one of his favorite sayings, "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." A Service in Celebration of John's Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 26 at College Hill Community Church, 1547 Philadelphia Dr, Dayton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to College Hill Community Church or Dayton Ohio Habitat for Humanity or the social justice effort of your choice.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 24, 2013