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John H. Ewbank

1953 ~ 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old

John Ewbank Obituary

John Ewbank (September 26, 1953 – September 29, 2023) 

John Howard Ewbank was born in Rushville, Indiana to Howard Farrer and Fern (Jordan) Ewbank. He was welcomed by five older sisters, Patti, Sara, Barbara, Diana, and Anita and would soon have a little sister, Rhonda. In a farm family, a boy was a blessing, and he worked hard helping his family. He met Anne Elston for the first time when he was a basketball player for St. Mary’s and she was a cheerleader for Moscow School. They also went to Rushville Consolidated High School together, with John graduating in 1972.  

He left his mark on the Rush County landscape, building many big blue Harvestore silos after graduation. He worked in several factories, eventually finding a position he enjoyed at Trane, building commercial air conditioning units. John and Anne found one another again in their 20s and were married in 1978. They welcomed a daughter, Jann, in 1980 and a son, Jordan, in 1987.  

During this time, they joined the Milroy Volunteer EMS department, where John served as President. He also served on the Milroy Volunteer Fire Department. John would often jump out of bed when he heard a call, even knowing that he had to work early in the morning. He saved many lives through his work with the EMS and offered help wherever he found it was needed. Sometimes, people would show up at his home, near the EMS station, asking for help and would find that it was gladly given. After saving a child from drowning while his family was spending a day at the lake, John earned his CPR instructor certification from the American Heart Association and empowered many others to save lives. 

He continued this work with the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department after moving to Lake Santee in 1994. At the lake, he made many good friends and enjoyed years of skiing, fishing, boating, and playing guitar with the OGR Band. He got to enjoy these hobbies even more after retiring from Trane in 2018, where he was a member in the Sheet Metal Workers Union throughout his 47-year career. 

His family surrounded him through a brief illness and he was welcomed home by his mom, dad, sister Patti, several brothers-in-law, and lots of old friends. He will be dearly missed by Anne, Jann, Jordan, his grandson JJ, his sisters, all of their families, and many good friends. 

The family is planning a celebration of his life later this year.  Gifts in his memory can be made to Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Our Hospice (, or the Animal Rescue Fund, which rescued his long-time companion, Lily (  Please light a candle and share your memory with the family at

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