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Jack McDonald, 81, Brown County

Jack H. McDonald, 81, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2013, at Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville. By his side were his loving children, Diana L. (Brent) Biddle and James K. “Jim” (Kathy) McDonald, both of Brown County.

Jack is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Abigail Whitaker of Martinsville, Hannah Biddle of North Carolina, Sarah Kunz of Wisconsin, and Megan, Matthew and Tricia McDonald and Christopher Bailey, all of Brown County. He will be remembered by his great-granddaughter, Madison Arnold, and three more great-grandchildren expected soon; and a daughter-in-law, Catrina McDonald of Brown County.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Jo; one son, Michael L. “Mike” McDonald; and one cousin, Bill McDonald.

Jack was born in Indianapolis March 20, 1932, to his parents, the late Cecil Herbert and Gladys M. (Christie) McDonald. He was a 1950 graduate of Helmsburg High School and went on to serve as a machine accountant with the United States Air Force. After the service, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University in Bloomington. While attending IU, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Fraternity.

On June 21, 1961, in Eminence, Jack married Nina Jo (Lewis) McDonald. Together, they enjoyed 43 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on March 29, 2005.

After college, Jack was accepted into The Kroger Company Management Training Program and in 1962, went on to own and operate the McDonald’s (IGA) Shopworth Store in Bean Blossom for over 50 years. The store was his life for those 50-plus years. Jack knew no strangers, and his customers were his friends.

He was a 50-year member of the Nashville Masonic Lodge No. 135 and a former member of the Nashville Kiwanis Club. Jack served on many boards including, as past president of the Nashville State Bank, Wetterau Foods Inc., Brown County Board of Corrections, Weeping Willow Cemetery, and he was a former Brown County historian. He was one of the founders of the Brown County Little League and Youth Football and ran the very first concession stand at Brown County High School out of his truck at the football games during the 1970s.

Jack enjoyed playing golf, sketching and painting, and listening to bluegrass music.

The Revs. Darrel Miller and Gary Link will conduct a funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Bean Blossom Mennonite Church, 1726 State Road 135 North in Bean Blossom. Friends can call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the church. The Nashville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Weeping Willow Cemetery in Bean Blossom with military graveside 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 can be sent in honor of Jack to the following: Mother’s Cupboard, P.O. Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448; Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201; or the Brown County Historical Society Building Fund, P.O. Box 668, Nashville, IN 47448.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the McDonald family at www.meredith-clark.com.

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  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 4
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    7 to 8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road