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John Ferwerda

John Arthur Ferwerda

Monday, May 18th, 1925 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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VEAZIE - John A. Ferwerda, 94, passed away May 21, 2019, at a Bangor hospital. He was born May 18, 1925 in Whitensville, Massachusetets, the son of Martin and Annie (Hockstra) Ferwerda. John married his beloved wife, Lola (Youngsma) Ferwerda on September 11, 1947.

John was a Navy Veteran of WWII and an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a graduate of Northbridge High School, Northbridge Massachusetts, Class of 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Vermont, Class of 1950. He then attended Cornell University and received his Master’s Degree in Soil Science in 1963. He spent his career working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and participated in the National Cooperative Soil Survey. He retired from the USDA as the Main State Soil Scientist in 1983.

John was always active in his local church community. He was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors. He raised African violets, love to hike, bike, and walk to the Penobscot River in Veazie. In his later years, he taught his great-grandchildren the love of gardening, bird watching, and rock collecting.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his siblings, Mary Oppenwall, Grace Bolekins, Anne Batts, Peter Ferwerda, and Martin Ferwerda; and a granddaughter, Jessica Mildner. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lola Ferwerda; a son, Martin Ferwerda; daughters, Loralie Mildner, Jean McLeod, and Judy Kelly; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In keeping with John’s wishes, services will be private for the family. Interment with military honors will be in Fairview Cemetery, Veazie. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
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Anthony Filauro

Posted at 04:05pm
Ferwerda Family, I am sorry for the loss of John and for the sorrow it causes the family. I knew John through my work at Great Northern Paper. It was a pleasure to occasionally work with John. He was a gentleman and will be missed. I extend my deepest condolences to the family.
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Susan Wells

Posted at 10:02am
My sincere condolences to Lola and family. I remember John and Lola being there for my mother, Gladys, and our family after the passing of my father, Walter Steputis, also a Maine State Soil Scientist, in 1972. Both John and Lola are very caring, loving and community-minded people and I know my mother appreciated having such great friends in her life. I will always remember John and the beautiful flowers in front of their house every Spring! - Susan (Steputis) Wells
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