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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.

  • January 29
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 29
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • January 30
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 30
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • January 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • January 31
    Live band at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • January 31
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    'Psycho' party at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 1
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 2
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 3
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Women's Bible study offered
    1 to 3 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District annual meeting
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7616 E. State Road 45, Unionville
  • February 4
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • February 4
    Van Buren Township Advisory Board
    7 p.m. Van Buren trustee's office, 4748 Christianburg Road
  • February 4
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • February 5
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 5
    Jackson Township Board
    6 p.m. Jackson Fire Station, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • February 6
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • February 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 7
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 7
    Karaoke at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • February 7
    Cabin Fever Concert features local music
    7 to midnight The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Reservation deadline for Valentine's tea at local shop
    Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 10
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 10
    Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society meeting set
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 10
    BC Genealogical Society meeting slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • February 11
    East Hill Cemetery meeting slated
    7 p.m. Morgantown Community Center, 269 W. Washington St.
  • February 12
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 13
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • February 13
    Daddy-daughter Valentine's dance Friday the 13th
    6:30 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 14
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • February 17
    Hamblen Trustee Board annual review
    6:30 p.m. 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road
  • February 19
    Woodlands project dinner, meeting slated
    6 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 20
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 7
    Meet 'Wilderness Plots' author at the library
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • March 8
    'Wilderness Plots'-themed concert planned
    4 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • March 8
    Brown County bridal tour slated
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various locations
  • March 10
    Soil & water conservation district to celebrate 62 years
    6 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • March 21
    Venders needed for Jackson TFD yard sale
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould