John Emerson Earlewine, age 86, of Windom passed away April 4, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. John was born Oct. 21, 1926, on the family farm in Great Bend Township, Cottonwood County, the son of Fred and Ada (Schaffer) Earlewine. He received his education after attending country school and then graduating from Windom High School in 1944. Following graduation he enlisted in the Navy serving in the South Pacific on Guam and the Marshall Islands in World War II. After his discharge he attended the University of Minnesota for one year. Returning to Windom he worked at J & H Radio and did road construction. John married Joan Carlberg on May 30, 1950, at the First Presbyterian Church in Windom. He was employed at Town N' Country Appliance doing sales and service for over 20 years until his retirement. An avid sportsman, John was a charter member of the Sun Valley Gun Club and a member of the National Rifle Association. John was also a member of the American Legion and the Eagles Club where pinochle was a favorite card game. He bowled many years in the Flax Capitol League and played on the Windom Pirates baseball team. John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan (Carlberg) Earlewine of Windom; daughter, Marcia (Earlewine) Eickholt of Eden Prairie; sons, Bruce and David Earlewine of Excelsior; granddaughter, Cory Lynn Eickholt; nephews, Wynn and Fredric Earlewine; longtime close family friend, Gordon Smith; his fellow hunting and fishing enthusiasts and many friends. John was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Willard (Bill) and Donald Earlewine. A visitation was held Monday, April 8, 2013, at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom followed by a private family inurnment. In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorial donations in John's name be made to the Kidney Dialysis Unit at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center or the Windom Sun Valley Gun Club.