John B.  Barown
RICHFIELD SPRINGS - John B. Barown, 67, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at his residence in the Village of Richfield Springs, following a period of declining health.
John was born on May 31, 1952, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Bartholomew and Inge (Wappler) Barown Sr.
When John was young, he and his family moved to Hartwick, where for many years, they engaged in farming.
He attended the Hartwick Elementary School through the sixth grade and then entered Cooperstown Central School system, graduating in the Class of 1970. He enjoyed and excelled at athletics and was a multi-year member of the Cooperstown Boys Track and Field and Cross-Country Teams.
After high school John briefly attended SUNY Cobleskill for horticulture before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He served his country from 1971 to 1973 as a security specialist with the 416 Security Police Squadron/ Strategic Air Command.
Following his discharge from the military, John worked for many years in the U.S. Postal Service in Cooperstown and Hartwick before he became postmaster of the Milford Post Office.
He served as the Hartwick Troop 72 scoutmaster and additionally he was a member. Later he became commander of Milford American Legion Post 1566.
John then moved to Florida where he resided for many years before recently returning to this area to be near family.
John loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and sportsman. He especially loved gardening (both vegetables and flowers) and was often sought out for his self- taught knowledge of trees and plants. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, a lover of animals, dogs of all types and especially and most recently his dog, Rosie. He was an avid "collector of everything," including stamps, coins and Hess trucks. He had a wonderful, well-developed sense of humor, was the life of many parties and simply lived life to its fullest.
He was best known for his quote, "The main thing is to stay calm."
John is survived by his children, Chris (Julie) Barown of Cherry Valley, Leanne (David) Ducharme of Naples, New York, Carrie (Sherman) Jewett of Albany, Matt (Haley Groat) Barown of Hartwick, Julie (Mike) Skramko of Richfield and Nicole Barown of Fly Creek; his seven grandchildren, Graham, Heath, Maeve, Grace, Jack, Blake and Olivia; six nieces and nephews, Bart, Mike, Jennifer, Katie, Jeremiah and Scott. He is also survived by his father, Bart O. Barown Sr.; wife, Eileen; brother, Bart (Pat) Barown Jr. of Hartwick; and sister, Linda (Allen) Curran of Sylmar, California.
John was predeceased by his mother, Inge, in 1988.
The family will be present at the funeral home from 1 to 3 p.m. to receive friends.
A memorial service, officiated by the Rev. Dane Boston, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. A reception at Cooperstown Veterans Club will follow the service.
Burial with full military honors will occur in the spring in Hartwick Cemetery, Hartwick.
Published on January 22, 2020


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Feb 01, 2020
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Debbie Kiser
Jan 31, 2020
I am so sorry about the loss of your father. Thinking of you!
Michael Laduke
Jan 27, 2020
Have many good memories of John, Rip
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Jan 23, 2020
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Tim & Linda Steele
Jan 23, 2020
Very sorry for your loss