Jack Washburn, 84

Jack B. Washburn, 84, Rochester, passed away at 5:38 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at his residence.

Born in Larwill, Ind., in Whitley County on Oct. 2, 1928, he was the son of Dale Owen and Ruth Selina Klein Washburn. 

On June 3, 1951 in Monticello, at the United Methodist Church, he was married to Eileen Lucile Gillespie, and she survives.

Jack was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church in Mexico, Ind.  Growing up in White County, he was a member and attended the Buffalo Christian Church.  He graduated from Buffalo High School where he won the Henry J. Reid Award as the outstanding senior boy in White County.  Following graduation, he attended Ball State University in Muncie.  He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, and for over 35 years, he worked for NIPSCO Gas in Monticello, Peru, Plymouth, and Merrillville.  Jack was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening.  For 47 years, he traveled to South Dakota with friends and family to go pheasant hunting.  As an athlete, Jack won several trophies for his golf and bowling skills, and during his youth, he excelled in softball, track, and basketball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Whicker and husband Fred, Tipton, Ind.; Nancy Washburn, Avon, Ind.; David Washburn and wife Anne, Plymouth; and Beth Eads and husband James, Plymouth; and his beloved wire-haired, dachshund mix, Schotzie.

Jack is also survived by his eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Donna Washburn, Cape Coral, Fla.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Aaron Black and one brother, Don Washburn.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico with Pastor Sam Polito officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the church.

McClain Funeral Home of Denver, Ind., has been entrusted with arrangements.   Memorial contributions may be made to New Life United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice.  The online guestbook can be signed

Posted on 2013 Apr 23