Obituary for Jack H McDonald

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Jack H McDonald

March 20, 1932 - October 6, 2013

Jack H. McDonald, age 81 passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013 at the 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, Megan, Matthew & 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 one son: Michael L. "Mike" McDonald and one cousin: Bill McDonald.

Jack was born in Indianapolis on 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 #135 and a former member of the Nashville Kiwanis Club. Jack served on many boards including: Past President of the Nashville State Bank, Wetterau Foods Inc., Brown County Board of Corrections, Weeping Willow Cemetery and 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 the Brown County High School out of his truck at the football games during the 1970's.

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

The Revs. Darrel Miller and Gary Link will conduct a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Bean Blossom Mennonite Church, 1726 St. Rd. 135 in Bean Blossom. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. The Nashville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at the 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 may be sent in honor of Jack to the following: Mother's Cupboard, PO Box 746 Nashville, IN 47448 or Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th Street Columbus, IN 47201 or the Brown County Historical "Building Fund", PO Box 668, Nashville, IN 47448.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the McDonald family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: March 20, 1932
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Condolences for Jack McDonald

Karla Kindred posted on 1/1/00

We are sorry for your loss of a great man, he will be missed by all of us.


Bob Ward posted on 1/1/00

To the family of Jack McDonald I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Jack, I used to live in Bean blossom back in the 80's I will always remember when coming in to the store, Jack with his red apron stocking and working around the store. Rest in peace Jack. You will be greatly missed. You are in the hands of a gracious Lord. In Christ. Bob Ward Speedway,Indiana


Jonathan & Deborah Hutchison posted on 1/1/00

Dear Diana and Jim, Your dad was one of the first people we met when we arrived in Bean Blossom. He was always ready with a friendly greeting and a helping hand. His quiet, steady presence will be missed.


Norma Crouch posted on 1/1/00

May you find comfort in beautiful memories of times you spent together. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy and God take care of you.


Kylene and Ty Watkins posted on 1/1/00

To the McDonald Family. You are all in our prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss.


Minnie Weddell posted on 1/1/00

I used to visit Jack's store in Bean Blossom when I lived in IN.I remember him as a very nice person. My sympathy to his children.


Carol Thomas-Skirvin posted on 1/1/00

Jack will be sorely missed. He was one of the first people I was introduced to when my family moved to Brown County when I was 9 yrs. old. He and his wife were friends with my mother, Marilyn Thomas Gambold. Jack was always kind with nothing but nice things to say. Prayers for the family. Brown County and Bean Blossom have lost an icon with the passing of Mr. Jack McDonald.


Keith Gray posted on 1/1/00

Diana and family: Well i saw your mom and dads wedding and now his passing. He was a well like man in the community; and always a word to say about something. He went thru a dark point in his life being ill for several years. He is at peace now and together with your mom! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother! Keith


Mike Lewis posted on 1/1/00

We really have lost an icon, as Carol mentioned. Condolences to the family. We'll miss him.


Bill Voland posted on 1/1/00

Diana, Jim and Families, Your father was a very special man. There was always something very warming about seeing him working at the store. He never failed to speak and ask about me or my family. Your family and mine go back a long way. My mother always told me that Herb was the first person that welcomed her family to Brown County in the 1930's. Your mother and grandmother always called to include me on one of her many projects. It always made me feel special. It is always difficult to lose a loved one. However you should feel fortunate that you had as much time with your father and grandfather as you had. His character, sense of humor and smile is something we should all try to emulate. Bill Voland