Services set for John Jowdy

by Bob Johnson 0

Memorial services have been set for PBA Hall of Famer John Jowdy, who passed away at age 93 on Aug. 1.

A mass will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, at San Fransesco Di Paola Catholic Church, 205 Piazza Italia in San Antonio, Texas. The family wishes to extend an invitation to friends to celebrate Jowdy’s life at 2 p.m. at Maggiano's Restaurant in San Antonio, located at 17603 IH 10 Freeway.

For those who are able to attend the celebration in person at Maggiano’s and would like to share their memories of Jowdy, please RSVP Jto ohn Jowdy Jr. at 713-520-8407 or email

In lieu of customary remembrances, a memorial gift may be donated to: YES Fund, Attn: Chad Murphy, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011, or to a charity of choice.

Jowdy is survived by his wife Brenda and his children John Jowdy Jr., Mary Ann Yamin, Steve Harris, Lori Millard and Andrew Harris; grandchildren Gina, Lisa, Stephen, Tera, Kelly, Ryan, Austin, Landon, Rivers and Robby, and great grandchildren Pia,Addy, Hudson, Nicole and Ali.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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