John Dent Rowson, 82, of Portsmouth, passed away Monday, October 31, 2022 at SOMC. He was born March 5, 1940, in Portsmouth, a son of the late John Dent and Lillian E. Wilson Rowson.
A 1958 graduate of Portsmouth High School, John graduated from the X-Ray Technology program of Cincinnati General Hospital. He worked briefly for the former Empire-Detroit Steel Corp. and had served in the Army National Guard. He worked for many years at Southern Ohio Medical Center as the Director of Medical Imaging and enjoyed his last few years there as the Contracts Manager of Material Management.
John was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church and the James Dickey Post #23 American Legion. He was an avid golfer and OSU fan, along with being an outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing.
On April 26, 1964, he married Judith Ann Cook Rowson in Portsmouth. They were married 56 years when Judy preceded John in death on April 8, 2021.
Surviving are two daughters, Jodi (Tom) Ruppelli of Medina and Julie (John) Voorhies of Loveland; two sisters, Carolyn Ann Lynch (her late husband, Thomas F. Lynch) and Sue Ellen (Charles “C.B”) Herrmann, all of Portsmouth; four grandchildren, Jordyn Ruppelli, Jake Ruppelli, Brandon (Kat Zelak) Voorhies and Connor Voorhies; and his beloved Yorkie, Bo.
Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Monday at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth with Rev. John Gowdy officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 11 A.M. until service hour.
Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th St. Portsmouth, OH 45662 and Sierra’s Haven for New & Used Pets, 80 Easter Dr. Portsmouth, OH 45662.