The chronological order of his life is as follows:
Born: March 27,1936 to Mayme (Bryan) Howkinson d. 1938 and Richard Howkinson d. 1993. Stepmother; Mary (Finney) Howkinson d. 2009. Brother: Jim Howkinson d. 2005. Sister Jill Howkinson d. 1943; Sister Jan (Howkinson) Arnott and Jon both surviving
1954: Ran a 56-second quarter mile. Received the Staggs Award for Monticello High School’s Most Outstanding Athlete. High School Graduation
1954- 1957: United States Marine Corps.
1957: Wedded Barbara (Sparks) Howkinson survives
1958: daughter Mary Beth (Howkinson) Fox; and Jimmy Fox m. 1993 both surviving, Caryville, Tenn.
1960: son Mark and Penny (Dewitt) Howkinson m.1983. Grandchildren, Amelya, Tyler, Adrian, Gabriella, all surviving
1961 – 1998: Teacher Rochester High School. State recognition for athletic coaching 25 years plus.
1962: Member Grace United Methodist Church; serving as a Sunday School teacher and lay leader
1963- 1982: Installed 132 swimming pools with best friend and fellow teacher Simon Deeb.
1966: Founding and lifelong board member of First Federal Savings Bank.
1968 – 2005: Husbandry to his small Angus cow herd
1968-2014 Traveled to 127 foreign countries
1974: Member of the Rochester Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian athletes
1992: Member Rochester Lions club serving a term as president and in 2013 receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow Award
A celebration of the life of Mr. John Howkinson will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, officiated by Pastor Kerry O’Brien. The Rochester Lion’s Club will hold a memorial service for Lion John at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Good Family Funeral Home, and also an hour prior to the services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Rochester High School, Rochester Lions Club Ramp Fund, Rochester, or Grace United Methodist Church Free Meal Fund.