A visitation for John Mowery, 83, of Exeter was held on August 4 at Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel. He died on Aug. 2 in Visalia.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1920 in Exeter to Ira and Goldie (Morgan) Mowery. He was raised and attended schools in Exeter and graduated from Visalia High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Exeter and married the former Helena Quesada in the late 1940s and made their home in Exeter. Later in the 1950s they were divorced and he raised his daughter, Sirila. His hobbies included camping outdoors, traveling and he was an avid gun collector for target practice and show.

He retired with 40 years of service as a brakeman for Visalia Electric Railroad Co. He was preceded in death by Mrs. Mowery in 1976. He is survived by his daughter, Sirila Bilbrey and husband, Wayne of Lindsay; cousin Lillian Zahn of Exeter and two grandsons, Timothy Wayne Bilbrey of Madera and John Robert Bilbrey of Lindsay.

Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel of Exeter.

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