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He graduated from Young America High School, and for a few years, he was part of a comedy team, The Yankee Hillbillies, with the late Tom "Captain Stubby" Fouts. He loved retelling and reminiscing about the fun and silly skits.
John retired from Logansport Machine Company after 40 years, where he had attained the position of senior design engineer. He was awarded a patent on a specialty designed "chuck," a great accomplishment for someone who was basically self-taught in his field.
Before and after retirement, John and Pauline enjoyed traveling throughout the Midwest, South and Canada in their travel trailer.
John loved and played several sports, including basketball, fast-pitch softball, community and industrial league baseball, church league dart ball and bowling. He also played golf for many years.
Over the years, he served as Deacon and Elder of Deer Creek Presbyterian Church, Clerk of Session and Presbytery Trustee, and he was a delegate to the General Assembly. At LifeGate Church, he and Pauline led a prayer group for many years.
John also was assistant scoutmaster of the Deer Creek Troop, charter member of the Deer Creek Conservation Club, served as Carroll County Park Board superintendent for three years and was Hopewell Cemetery Secretary/Sexton for many years.
Together, John and Pauline had attended Deer Creek Presbyterian Church before later calling LifeGate Church their home.
Moving from Deer Creek, where he and Pauline had lived most of their married life and had built their home themselves, John spent the last three-and-a-half years at the Neal Home, where he made many friends with the residents and the staff. They all became family, and the care, love, and helpfulness of the people there was something he and his family cherished.
He loved playing euchre and had a winning day just the day before he became ill.
Most especially, the days after he became ill, Great Lakes Caring provided wonderful support and caring from the nurses, aides, chaplain and social services director. Their advice, concern, love and time invested with him and his family was invaluable.
John had many visitors that he loved chatting and reminiscing with, including appreciated - former coworkers, family, church friends from Deer Creek Presbyterian and LifeGate, community friends and especially weekly visits from Roger Myer, Pastor Harry Roselle and Mike Munson. Whether or not he always remembered who visited that day, he loved that they came.
Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Bailey, Logansport, and Tricia (Lew) McKinney, Kokomo; grandson, Troy (Angela) Bailey, Davenport, Florida; granddaughters, Stacey McKinney, Boerne, Texas, and April McKinney, Nashville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Skyler Lincoln, Rebecca Bailey (Chris Pelnar), Lauren (Ryan) Reid, Evan Ridenour and Kyle Ridenour; great-great-grandchildren, Alexandria Pelnar and Emilia Pelnar; brother-in-law, Dale Henry, Walton; and a special niece, Pat Lewis.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Pauline; daughter, Judith Lynn; sisters, Lucille Wilson, Freda Kistler, Helen Houser and Margery Myers; and son-in-law, Larry Bailey.
A Celebration of John's life will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at LifeGate Church, 831 Burlington Ave. Logansport. Friends may visit with the family from 3-6 p.m. Pastors Andy Weil and Harry Roselle will officiate.
Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Deer Creek. Contributions may be made to Lifegate Missions. Stout & Son Funeral Home Burlington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.stoutandson.com
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