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John R. Rowley, 55, of Geneseo, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 28, 2018 from Amber Ridge Memory Care, Moline.  Funeral mass will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4th at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo where he was a member.  Father Michael Pakula will officiate.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Amber Ridge Memory Care, Alzheimer’s Association or St. Malachy’s Catholic Church.

John was born on November 19, 1963 in Monmouth, IL the son of Richard “Dick” and Kathleen “Kathy” (Cavanaugh) Rowley.  He graduated from Yorkwood High School and from Loras College.  On September 7, 1991 John married Deborah Honzel in Geneseo, IL.  John worked as a claims representative for Country Financial for 26 years.

John had been active in Geneseo Jaycees and Cursillo, and coached with Geneseo Youth Football and Baseball.  For many years John was the voice of Geneseo High School Football on Channel 50.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie; sons, Daniel, Chicago, Matthew, Nashville, TN and Benjamin, Iowa City; brother, Jim (Melanie) Rowley, Dunlap, IL; four sisters; Jackie (Joe) Gales, Granger, IN, Jennifer (Bryan) Arnold, Sciota, IL, Jill (Barry) Flynn, Monmouth, and Jan (Joe) Carlberg, Plainfield, IL;  his in-laws, Larry and Audrey Honzel, Geneseo; sister-in-laws, Laurie (Dan) Thwaites, and Sue (Dave) Ferguson, brothers-in-law, Jim (Kelly) Honzel and Mike (Sheri) Honzel; 23 nieces and a nephews; and several great nieces and a great nephew.  John was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his parents.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Amber Ridge Memory Care and Genesis Hospice for their excellent care and for all the fiends and community support during John’s illness. 

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