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John Howlett Jr., taught Bible studies in jail Sept. 20, 1951 -- Dec. 19, 2005

John E. Howlett Jr. of Perry, a factory worker who brought Bible studies to jail inmates, died Monday in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was 54.

Born in Rochester, he was a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School and served in the Army in South Korea.

A Perry resident for 28 years, he worked since 1982 at Marking Tubing in Pearl Creek, where he was a coiler.

Deeply spiritual, he attended Brick Presbyterian Church, participated in Perry's ecumenical Bible study and, for the last four years, led a Bible study session in Wyoming County Jail in Warsaw on Saturday mornings. At the time of his death, he was leading an effort to set up My Brother's House, a halfway house for newly released jail inmates.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Janice Nilsen Howlett; two sons, Joseph of Rochester and James of Perry; a daughter, Jill of Perry; his mother, Onolee of Wyoming; a brother, Roy E. of Henrietta; and three sisters, Christine of Gilford, N.H., Patricia Loucks of Geneva and Elizabeth Greig of Wyoming.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Brick Presbyterian Church, North Main Street, after a wake at 11. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Henrietta.


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