John C. MacLeod, 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, 2017 at his home in Nashville.
He was born in Washington D.C on May 28, 1925, to his parents, the late Donald and Doris (Longstreet) MacLeod. John served as a seaman first class with the United States Navy during World War II. He was one of the last survivors of the sinking of passenger liner Athenia by a Nazi submarine on the opening day of the war. John enlisted at 17 and spent four years in the Navy as a signalman on the bridge of the USS Grayson, a combat-active destroyer in the Pacific Theater.
After the war, John graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California, and went on to marry Norma Jean (Ulery) MacLeod on Sept. 13, 1947, in Los Angeles.
John retired in 1990 as a printer for the Indiana University Alumni Association after 16 years of service. Prior to that, he worked as a journalist, copy editor and photographer on Midwestern daily newspapers in Seymour, Fort Wayne and Bloomington, as well as Lorain, Ohio, and San Luis Obispo, California.
John was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Nashville American Legion, Post 13. Other memberships included the Monroe Masonic Lodge #22, Arizona State Poet Society, National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the United Poets Laureate International. He was awarded Laureate Man of Letters by the United Poets Laureate International for his love of writing short stories and poetry.
John is survived by his wife of 69 years, Norma; son, Ian (Anita) MacLeod of Gibsonton, Florida; sister, Dorothy Ragland of Fresno, California; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Dick; and his step-father, Bill Learmonth.
The Rev. Peter Sebert will conduct a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Salvation Army of Brown County, 168 S. Jefferson St.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith–Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of John to the Salvation Army of Brown County, P.O. Box 1717, Nashville, IN 47448.
Condolences may be sent to the MacLeod family at meredith-clark.com.
For more information, call the funeral home at 812-597-4670.