John Edward Rote, Jr. was
born in Lisbon , Ohio on November 9, 1925 to John
Edward Rote, Sr. and Elmira F. Moyer Rote passed
away on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
He was their only child. In 1933 they moved to
Chicora, Pennsylvania in Butler County.
He attended school in Butler County schools. He
lived in Harrisburg, PA for a year working as a
messenger at the Middletown Air Depot. He then spent
30 months in the US Army Air Force, 21 months of
which he spent at Assam, India CBI Theatre. After
his honorable discharge in 1946 he graduated from
Butler High School. He attended Grove City College
from 1947 to 1951 where he received his B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering. He began work on June 11th,
1951 at the Ellwood City Works of the US Steel Corp.
On August 9, 1952 he married Nancy Patricia Shepard
at the Church of the Covenant in Erie, PA. They
resided in New Castle, PA for five years where their
two children (Katherine 10/24/55 and John 2/15/57)
were born. In 1966 for a year he worked as an
engineer for Republic Steel Corporation in Warren,
Ohio. He was a member of the Association of Iron and
Steel Engineers, the secretary of the Ellwood
chapter of the National Management Association, and
was a member of the Grove City Alumni Association
and served as secretary for one two - year term.
In 1968 he joined Arthur G. McKee & Company in
Cleveland, Ohio as a senior engineer. He later held
the positions of Section Supervisor, Assistant
Section Manager- Reports and Specifications. He
retired in 1982. After retiring, they remodeled
their century family farmhouse and put the farm back
in operation raising sheep. In 2000 he retired
He was a member of Highland United Presbyterian
Church in New Castle, PA, Christ Presbyterian Church
in Ellwood City, PA and First Presbyterian Church,
in Willoughby, Ohio where he served as a deacon.
He was an avid sportsman enjoying hunting and
fishing, a member of the National Rifle Association,
a member of the Buckeye Big Buck Club of Ohio, and
was a skilled gunsmith building muzzle loading
His parents and wife preceded him in death. His
survivors include, his children Katherine Elizabeth
Rote Turner of Chicora, PA, and John Edward Rote,
III of Sheffield Village, OH; grandchildren Tabitha
Charissa Turner Myers of New Concord, KY, Tiffany
Nicole Turner of Pewee Valley, KY, Erica Faith
Turner Mikolaczyk of Butler, PA; and great
grandchildren Kristopher Blake Myers, Halo Aurora
Criss, Gabriel Clay Criss, Taylor Callista Myers,
Kameron Luke Myers, Alexandria Marie Mikolaczyk and
Kyler Isaiah Myers.
Friends will be received Thursday, March 6, 2014
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thompson-Miller
Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler,
Services will be held Friday March 7, 2014 at 11
a.m.. at the Thompson-Miller Funeral
Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA with Dr. James Swanson,
Pastor of Covent Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Officers and members of the American Legion Post
#778 of Lyndora and the VFW Post #249 will conduct
graveside military honors.
Interment will follow in North Side Cemetery in
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled
American Veterans Chapter 64, P.O. 1728, Butler, PA