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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.

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  • November 25
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 26
    Go Club meeting Wednesday at coffee/tea shop
    3 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 26
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • November 28
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road