John B. Barown, 67, an Air Force veteran and former Milford postmaster, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at his home in the Village of Richfield Springs after a period of declining health.

John was born May 31, 1952, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Bartholomew and Inge (Wappler) Barown, Sr. When John was young, he and his family moved to Hartwick, where, for many years, they engaged in farming.

He attended Hartwick Elementary School through the sixth grade and then entered the Cooperstown Central School System, graduating in the Class of 1970. He enjoyed and excelled at athletics and was a multi-year member of the Cooperstown Boys Track and Field and Cross-Country Teams.

After high school John briefly attended SUNY Cobleskill for Horticulture before enlisting in the Air Force, serving his country from 1971 to 1973 as a security specialist with the 416 Security Police Squadron/ Strategic Air Command.

Following his discharge from the military, John worked for many years in the Postal Service in Cooperstown and Hartwick before he became postmaster of the Milford Post Office.

He served as the Hartwick Troop 72 Scoutmaster and later became the commander of the Milford American Legion Post 1566.

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