John Vincent Joseph Nowell passed away peacefully at Orchard Manor in Brooks, Alberta on January 11th, 2007 at the age of 81 years, after a lengthy battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. John was born on the family farm outside of Wetaskiwin, Alberta on February 16th, 1925, where he grew up and helped farm with his dad. John was an honor roll student in High School, but left in grade eleven to work on the Alaska Highway from 1942-1943, later joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. John spent 3 years with the Airforce as a tail gunner on the Lancaster Bomber. World War two ended before John went overseas, so after his service was over he went to work in the Logging camps in and around British Columbia. John did this for 7 years before returning to the family farm in 1952.  John married the love of his life Adeline Bjorkland. John then went back to school at S.A.I.T. in Calgary and received his Welding, Automotive, and Heavy Duty Mechanics tickets. John worked as a Heavy Duty Mechanic at the County of Wetaskiwin, and this is where John and Adeline started their family, with the birth of their first daughter Wendy Lynne Nowell on July 14, 1958. John then bought his own Service Station, and moved to Edmonton in 1965. His second daughter Carol Lee Nowell was born in April 5th, 1966. John and his family continued running the Service Station until 1971 when they moved to Ladysmith, B.C. John and his family purchased John’s Service Station and Convenience Store. John’s wife Adeline became ill with Cancer during their time in Ladysmith and battled for a couple of years before passing in 1977 at the age of 50yrs. In 1978 John moved his family back home to Millet, Alberta where he purchased an acreage and started Skyhigh Trampolines. He manufactured and sold his own trampolines until 1983. John then went to work for the County of Wetaskiwin becoming Foreman of the Road Construction Department until 1990 when he was forced to retire due to his Pulmonary Disease. In that same year John moved to Leduc, Alberta where he lived and tinkered with wood working in his garage, and occasionally welded Irrigation pipe for Big Lake Sod farm. In August 2001 John suffered a stroke and moved to Brooks, Alberta to live, where his daughter Carol could help him. John lived in Brooks Villas for 3 years, and then Newbrook Lodge for 2 years before moving to Orchard Manor until his passing. John leaves to cherish his memories, daughter Wendy Nowell (Larry Lefebvre) of Edmonton Alberta, and Wendy’s daughter Ashley Moore; daughter Carol Tinis (Rob) of Brooks Alberta, and their children Christopher and Kaitlin; sister Nora Ziebarth of Wetaskiwin Alberta and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Baker Funeral Chapel in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on Wednesday January 17th, 2007 at 1:00pm. Location at 5302-50th Avenue Wetaskiwin. In memory of John Nowell, donations may be made to Bethany – Homes for Children, Box 6207, Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 2E9.

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