|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1915|
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 2010|
John F. Bruewer, 95, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Crestview, Fla.
He was born in Batesville, Ind., but spent most of his early life in Greensburg. John served his country in the Army Air Corps for three years. He moved to Connersville, Ind., in 1945 and lived there until 1992. He met the love of his life and married Romilda Moorman in 1941. They were married for 63 years until Ro passed away in Destin, Fla., on Nov. 17, 2004.
John spent most of his life as a true traveling salesman, covering the entire Continental United States. He would load up his station wagon, which had no air conditioning, with hardware designed for caskets. John had been schooled by his father in the art of metals and understood the makings of the handles and corners designed to go on the caskets. His routes could take as long as eight weeks and sometimes he was able to take his family with him.
In 1992, John and Ro moved to Destin, where he liked to help his son-in-law, Tom Moody, who owned Moody's Deep Sea Fishing. John worked on the boats for the next 15 years doing whatever was necessary to make the passengers happy. He did everything from taking fish off the hooks to getting someone a cola. John B, as he was affectionately called by the deckhands, refused to take any pay or tips and would tell those who would try to tip him to give it to the deckhands or mates. He was an unselfish hard working man.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann Bruewer; two sisters, Ruth Hyatt and Blanche Marshall Russell; and beloved wife, Ro Bruewer.
He is survived by Carol Moody and husband Tom Moody of Crestview; two grandsons, Steve Shamsi and wife Suzanne of Mason, Ohio, and Capt. Jeff Shamsi of Fort Stewart, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Colleen and Hayden Shamsi; as well as numerous other family members.
A time of visitation will take place on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 550 Adams Drive, Crestview, with a funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Destin Memorial Cemetery immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; or Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), 752 Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Arrangements are entrusted to Crestview Memorial Funeral Home.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on November 21, 2010
Note: With Romilda E.; No death date as of 3/8/2009
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