John Albert Rosenow 1934-1963
ROSENOW, MACMICHAEL, TVEDTE, WILSON
Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/8/2012 at 21:06:11
Local Farmer Takes His Own Life
The death of a rural Estherville man, John Albert Rosenow, 29, has been attributed to self-inflicted wounds from a .22 revolver, Dr. L.W. Loving, Emmet County medical examiner, said today.
Investigating authorities said that Rosenow, who reportedly has been despondent for about three months, apparently shot himself in the head after going to the hay mow of the barn on his farm five miles northeast of Estherville sometime late yesterday afternoon.
His body was discovered about 8:00 p.m. yesterday by his brother Bernard Jr., when he went to the barn to feed some cattle. Surviving are his widow, one son, Jeffrey Layne, one daughter, Joni Anne, 2, mother, Mrs. Beatrice Rosenow of rural Estherville, one brother, Bernard of Estherville, two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Delores) Tvedte of Iowa City and Mrs. Kenneth (June) Wilson, Hartselle, Ala. He was preceded in death by his father.
Rosenow was born on March 5, 1934, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard (Barney) Rosenow, in Shelby County, Iowa. He moved with his family to the farm on which he was living at the time of his death when he was eight years old. He lived on the farm since moving to Emmet County except for two years he served in the army. He received his education in the Estherville schools and was graduated from Estherville High School and Junior College.
He was married to the former Oramarie MacMichael on Sept. 22, 1957, in Waverly. He was a member of the American Legion and was baptized in the Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Estherville First Methodist Church. Burial will be in East Side Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Reese Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday at which time the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until time of service. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, August 6, 1963)
Neighbors brought three balers and tractors Wednesday afternoon and baled 30 acres of hay at the John Rosenow farm. Mr. Rosenow died Aug. 5. Those bringing tractors and balers were Eddie Madison, Keith Griffith, Jim and Bob Gray, Carl Ahrens, Archie Sunde and LaVern Valen. Men helping were Don Miller, Eddie Madison, Jim Gray, Bob Gray, Melvin Neppl, Carl Ahrens, William Woods, Keith Griffith, Archie Sunde, LaVern Valen, Don Charon, Jack Benjamin, Bob Evans and Carl Rosenow. Women who brought lunch and helped serve were Mrs. Jack Benjamin, Mrs. Carl Rosenow, Mrs. Eddie Madison, MRs. Don Miller, Mrs. Edna Gray, Mrs. Melvin Neppl and Candy and Sandy Gray. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, August 15, 1963)
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