John “Jack” H. Wilson Sr., passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his home. He was a graduate of Speedway High School, class of ’52, where he played baseball and football. As a dedicated member of his community, Jack began volunteering as a young man coaching baseball. Throughout his life, he continued to serve his community through leadership roles, such as the President of the Speedway Jaycees and the President of the Speedway Lions Club. As a member of the Speedway Christian Church, he served on the church’s board and sang in the Chancel choir.
Jack was born on September 8, 1933, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Harold and Geraldine Wilson. Following his service in the United States Army Medical Corps, he attended the Herron School of Art. He was a small business owner, selling office supplies and flowers to local businesses. He was affectionately referred to as the “flower man” by his customers.
There was never a time he did not have a fun joke or story to share with someone. He always “felt pretty good for an old guy.” People were drawn to him because of his sense of humor, hard work ethic, and ability to find fun and laughter in every situation.
His life was defined by his faith, community, family, and his love for life. He was a friend to everyone he met and helped anyone who was in need. When he was informed by his doctor that he had limited time left on earth, he responded by reciting the Jaycee Creed that ends with, “…and that service to humanity is the best work of life.”
He is survived by his spouse of 63 years, Carol A. (Neiman) Wilson, daughters and their spouses, Cindy and Jeff Foxworthy, Lori and Tom Whinrey, granddaughters Kim (Whinrey) Hoover (Tony), Jamie Driver, and Allison Driver, grandson Matt Whinrey (Nikki), great-granddaughters, Elise Whinrey and Natalie Whinrey, and brother Gerald Thomas Wilson (Carole). He was proceeded in death by his son, John H. Wilson, Jr.
The family is requesting that any contributions in his memory be made to Vision First Indiana Lions Eye Bank (727 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis , IN 46240 or at www.visionfirst.org) or to a charitable organization of your choice.
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