John “Gill” Jewett, 91, of Boonville passed away Tuesday evening October 19, 2021, at Riverdell Care Center with his family by his side.
Visitation for Gill will be 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday October 22 at the First Christian Church in Boonville, with funeral service following at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery
John Gillman Jewett was born October 16, 1930, to S.L. and Gertrude (Mischler) Jewett as part of the Greatest Generation. He spent his early years on the family farm. His family moved to Boonville when he was six years old to attend school. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1948. He then attended Culver Stockton for a year before transferring to Northeast Missouri State to play baseball. While there, he met Martha Roy, whom he married after graduation in May of 1952. Later that year he was inducted into the army and served in the Korean War for two years. After his discharge, he and Martha moved to the family farm (a Century Farm owned since 1898) and raised their three children. In addition to farming Gill worked at his father’s tax business.
Gill had a passion for baseball and played with a semi-pro team in the area into the 1960s. Hunting and fishing were an essential part of his life as was morning coffee with his buddies at Mo River. He also enjoyed golf in his later years.
Throughout his life, he has served in varying aspects in the community. He was a Mason at the Boonville Masonic Temple Cooper Lodge #36 and a member of the Ararat Shriners. He served as a Deacon at the First Christian Church of Boonville and on the Board of Directors of the United Missouri Bank. Gill was also a Director of the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Gill is preceded in death by his parents, brother, S.L. “Brick” Jewett, and his son-in-law, Mike Magyar. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of 69 years, his three children, Jeff (Nancy) Jewett of Houston, Texas; Vicki Jewett of Lawrence, Kansas, and Jean Magyar of Boonville. Gill and Martha have four grandchildren, Valerie (J.C.) Richter of Houston, Texas; Jon (Liz) Jewett of Houston, Texas, Austin Magyar of Columbia, Missouri and Bailey Magyar of Kansas City, Missouri. They also have four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church of Boonville
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