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 held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4th at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. 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, 225 E. Park St. 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 C. “Dick” and Kathleen “Kathy” (Cavanaugh) Rowley. He graduated from Yorkwood High School in 1981 and from Loras College, Dubuque, IA in 1985. On September 7, 1991 John married Deborah Honzel in Geneseo, IL. John worked as a claims representative for Country Financial for 26 years.
Memberships include St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. John had been active in Geneseo Jaycees, coached Geneseo Youth Football and Baseball and active with Cursillo. For many years John was the voice of Geneseo High School Football on Channel 50 broadcasts.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; sons, Daniel of Chicago, Matthew of Nashville, TN and Benjamin of Iowa City; brother, Jim (Melanie) Rowley of Dunlap, IL; four sisters; Jackie (Joe) Gales of Granger, IN, Jennifer (Bryan) Arnold of Sciota, IL, Jill (Barry) Flynn of Monmouth, and Jan (Joe) Carlberg of Plainfield, IL; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Audrey Honzel of Geneseo; sisters-in-law, Laurie (Dan) Thwaites of West Linn, OR and Sue (Dave) Ferguson of New Berlin, WI; brothers-in-law, Jim (Kelly) Honzel and Mike (Sheri) Honzel, all of Bloomington, IL; Nieces and nephews, Lauren (Josh) Kluesner, Lexi Rowley, Thomas Gales, Taylor Arnold, Blake Arnold, Declan Flynn, Cormaic Flynn, Rosie Flynn, Katie Flynn, Sydney Carlberg, Greta Carlberg, Sophia Carlberg, Josie Carlberg and Layne Carlberg, Tegan Thwaites, Henry Thwaites, Emily Honzel, Nick Honzel, Jessica Ferguson, Sam Ferguson, Abi Honzel, Joe Honzel, and Ana Honzel; and several great nieces and a great nephew. John was preceded in death by his Grandparents, his father, Richard Rowley on May14, 2018 and his mother, Kathleen Rowley on December 24, 2018.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Amber Ridge Memory Care and Genesis Hospice for their excellent care and for his friends and community for all their support during John’s illness. John’s family and friends were everything to him.