John David Ewell
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“John was one of the most interesting people that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. It was at the TRA/VTR National Meet in Lancaster, PA, I think...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Frank Heathcote - Logansport, IN

“Back in the 60s and early 70s we spent a lot of weekends at IRP with John and Elsie. Even then that TR-3 was not new, but, hey, he was competing...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Will and Sue Zobbe - Indy, IN

“Our condolences to the family of John (and his turtle). Wanda and I were always impressed with John's competitiveness in his Triumph as well as his...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Bill & Wanda Farr - Buchanan, MI

“When I was a boy, our family lived down the street on Fenmore Road from John and Elsie. John's many interests and his joy in sharing them made a deep...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jon Weatherly - former neighbor

“A good frend and a great inspriation. John will be sorely missed. Best wishes to the family. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Ken Gano - Charleston, IL

“I called John about five times in one day while trying to rewire an old Triumph. He would just say "do this and call me back". A good friend that I...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lou Metelko

“John Became one of the finer friends in the Triumph World..... I still have a picture of his Oil Filer cap With Smiley Face hanging in my...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Tom Householder - Lancaster, OH

“We didn't know John but probably met him at various Triumph gatherings. We send our condolences for your loss. We will miss him in our hobby and wish...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Tony & Jeanne Cascio - Brunswick, GA

“I met John at a Triumph car show in 1976. Since I had a nonrunning Triumph, John and I hit it off. He was a wealth of Triumph car knowledge and...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John Dabars


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John David Ewell, 86, of Indianapolis, died Saturday, January 8, 2011. He was born on November 25, 1924 in Indianapolis, IN to John and Elsa (Schubert) Ewell. John attended Tech High School before joining the Army during WWII. He attained the rank of Sergeant, and served in the 556th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in the European Theatre, earning 3 Bronze Stars.

John is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Scott Barker) Ewell and Linda (Ralph) Spurrier; grandchildren, Tammy (Jon) Behrman, Troy (Tasha) Tyner,
Erick Yorkman, and Lori Yorkman. He is also survived by 4 great-grandsons, Harlan and Oscar Behrman and Tristan and Tyson Tyner, as well as close friends, Scott and Carol Hamer. John was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Elsie (Middleton) Ewell.

John retired from the Ford Motor Company, Indiana in 1989 where he worked as an electrician and electronics specialist . John was a member of the Indiana Triumph Club, Indiana British Car Union and the Vintage Triumph Register of America. He enjoyed attending car shows and showing his Triumph TR3b sports car and his 427 '67 Cougar. One of his favorite annual events was "The Summer Party" hosted by The Roadster Factory in Armagh, PA. The majority of his time was spent working on his Triumph, but if he wasn't in his garage, he enjoyed collecting guns and building 1/6 scale remote control model planes. John was a ham operator, an electronics specialist, a gardner of monster sunflowers and tomatoes as well as an animal lover. After his wife, Elsie, passed away in 2001, John received a kitten from a good neighborhood friend and it was not long before John and "Trouble" his cat became inseparable. He raised box turtles (tortoises) his entire life. His favorite, Big Sam, is now 106, Baby Sam is 40 and Trouble the cat is 9 years.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 1-3pm, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Washington Park North. A memorial service will begin at 3pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Humane Society. Friends are invited to leave online condolences for the family at www.flannerbuchanan.com.