John E. Ewell, a retired dairy farmer who was active in the Wyoming community, died Thursday in his Pavilion-Warsaw Road home. He was 85.
Born in Batavia, Mr. Ewell was a lifelong resident of Wyoming and a 1942 graduate of Cornell University.
He owned adairy farm and retired from farming in 1989. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Wyoming and was an avid outdoorsman.
He was a member of several agricultural organizations, sat on the Covington Planning Board and was a member of the Wyoming and Pearl Creek cemetery associations. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening and camping every year in the Adirondacks with his family.
Mr. Ewell had a sharp wit and a wonderful sense of humor, family members said.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Jean Fisher; five sons, Dean of Penn Yan, Judd of Warsaw, Mac of Elba, Seth of Pavilion and Wade of East Bethany; a brother, Clayton of Pavilion; two sisters, Elizabeth Callan and Sally Estes, both of Caledonia; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church of Wyoming. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery.