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Jack Eugene Smallwood, 85, passed away on July 6, 2018, at Community Howard Regional Health. Jack was born to Robert and Iva (Wilson) Smallwood on July 26, 1932, in Kokomo. Jack married his wife of 67 years, Margaret E. Hill, on June 29, 1951 in Kokomo.
Jack served our country in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. In Yorktown, Virginia, Jack attended the U.S. Naval Schools Mine Warfare, completing his schooling on Oct. 31, 1952. Afterward, Jack went to the Naval Mine Depot in Warrick, Virginia, until 1955. Jack served on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain (CVA-39) in the 6th Fleet, from September 1955 to April 1956. He was a reservist for two years after. Jack was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
After serving in the Navy, Jack went on to work at Montgomery Ward in retail from 1960 to 1967, then went on to work in various assignments leading up to assistant manager at Sears and Roebuck, retiring in 1990.
Jack was a member of the Elks Lodge. He was a past member of Fairlawn United Brethren Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Jack greatly enjoyed powerboating from 1970 to 2001 with friends and family. He was a member of the Coast Guard in Marion, Indiana, assisting with search and rescue missions and helping people in distress. He thoroughly enjoyed his family and helping them with projects, such as working on cars. Jack was a talented auto mechanic. Jack loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, watching sports, and would attend as many of his grandchildren's events as he could. Jack was well known within the community and had many friends. They will miss him dearly.
Jack leaves behind his wife, Margaret Smallwood; children, Celeste (Bruce) Sumner and Brad (Tami) Smallwood; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in passing by his parents; six sisters, Eileen (Lee) Tipett, Winifred (John) Poynter, Betty (Chester) Archer, Mary (Frank) Pierce, Annamay (Jack) Crone, and Roberta (Marvin) Bagwell.
Margaret and family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at North Woods Village Memory Care Unit for their interest and care during Jack's short stay, and also to the staff in Community Howard Regional Hospital's E.R. and P.C.U. for their compassion with Jack and his family. The family would like to thank their neighbors and community for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the American Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org/Join_The_Cause_Donate, or a charity of your choice.
Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel, with funeral service following at 1 p.m. Pastor Jeff Evans will officiate, with eulogy by Jack's nephew, Robert Poynter. Jack will be laid to rest at Crown Point Cemetery following the funeral. Visit ellersmortuarywebster.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Published on July 11, 2018
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