Jack you will be missed. My daughters and I always looked for you while out because your smile was always a blessing. I will think of you everytime I drive past your flag pole. Thanks for waving.
I always enjoyed seeing and talking with Jack on the Green Meadows/Blue Valley Commons walking trails. I was lucky enough to live in his neighborhood and enjoy his spirit for 13 years. God bless and keep you, Jack!
Jack has been such a bright light in the Stanley neighborhood. We have lived in the area for 15 years and have loved seeing Jack in his bright orange accessories with a quick wave of his hand. Our goal was to try to be quicker than he was with our waves. He was always too fast! He has left a legacy in our neighborhood, and will never be forgotten. We are all a bit friendlier and more kind, and his example and love will live on. Our prayers continue with his family. Thank you for sharing him with all of us though the years. He was a bright light indeed.
My family has been in the area for 10 years and we never knew Jack by his name until this week when I heard about him on my Facebook page. I had just been asking myself, I wonder where that friendly man is? I looked forward to seeing him and giving a wave. He touched so many lives, and from what I've seen on Facebook and on this guest book, he probably didn't realize how many people he touched. Jack will truly be missed in the neighborhood.
What a blessing Jack was! He had such a positive effect on our neighborhood. On cold days he was my inspiration to get out there and walk, If Jack could be out surely I could too. We discussed many a Husker football game as our walking paths crossed. Our family will miss the daily blessing of the positive attitude jack shared with all of us! You are in our thoughts and prayers!
I received a call from my 23 yo son yesterday informing me that "the guy who always waved to us had passed away". I raised 5 kids in Stanley and they always got excited when the man in the orange hat would wave to them. It was part of their daily life growing up to witness this act of friendly kindness and it always brightened our day and brought smiles to our faces. I hope all of us learned that a simple gesture can truly change someones day. What a tremendous role model he was for our kids.
Jack waved at my family in Willowbend for years. My boys always loved to wave at Jack and he brought a smile to grace us with everyday. He also had 2 very special furry friends in my backyard that looked forward to the special treat Jack would share with them. While i never personally knew Jack, it's amazing the change someone can provide in the life of another with that of only a friendly wave and a smile. Rest in peace. Your simple gesture will be deeply missed to all who were touched by your special small gesture of kindness.
Jack was a very special man indeed. It will not be the same without his wave and his smile in our neighborhood. I know there is not one person in the Stanley area who doesn't know of Jack, the smiling waving guy. I always felt better just seeing him. Hopefully we all can carry on for Jack and make him proud.
My kids loved to see Jack on his walks. He never let a car go by without a wave and a smile! Such a sweet man!
I remember seeing Jack for the first time when we moved to the neighborhood ten years ago and my daughter was just starting at Stanley. She always loved seeing Jack and waving to him reminding me to do the same. He will be missed by many as this guest book shows but hopefully a little piece of his decency will be carried on by the rest of us. Rest in peace my friend.
Rest in peace Jack! You will be greatly missed by millions! All those lives you touched with a simple wave. My heart as well as my children's are deeply saddened by your passing. We have chosen to pass on your waves to all of those around us. You've proven to our family, it really only takes one person to make a difference in many of lives daily. Thank you!
My heartfelt prayers go out to the Foland family. What an amazing man he was! Jack had the ability to brighten people's day by his friendly smiles and wave. I lived in the neighborhood for 19 years and one of the memories I will cherish forever is Jack and his waves. As I would drive down Lamar taking my daughter to school, I would see Jack ahead of me and for some reason, I would find myself being deliberate in trying to beat him to waving! It might seem silly but I wanted to be that same light to him that he was to me. I didn't know him personally, but I felt like he was part of the family. I recently sold my house and left a letter with the new owners sharing with them about Jack and reminding them to make sure that they always waved to him. Being originally from the east coast, it was so refreshing to see the friendliness of Jack in our neighborhood and I am sure the neighborhood will not be the same without him. We need more Jack's in this world! His smile was infectious and he was so kind to everyone. He impacted a lot of people's lives by a simple act of kindness and he will be forever missed.
For many years before we knew Jack's name we always referred to him as "walking and waving guy". There were countless times where his wave and smile would bring warm feelings and a lightness of heart. There were several occasions when we felt too much time had passed since we had seen Jack and we would have that "hope everything is ok" moment. Now, sadly, that time has come to pass. Jack will be greatly missed and we hope his family and friends know just how much he meant to everyone here in our neighborhood. The Foote Family
I bowled with JACK for years at Incred A Bowl. He will be missed by all his bowling friends. He waved,to my grandaughter, Hannah,from Stanley Grade School though Blue Valley High. She called him, "The Waving Grandpa."
Our sympathy to Mary and Family.
I used to walk early in the mornings when Jack was walking, too, and talked with him when our walks intercepted. I often asked him how he was doing and he would always reply, "Pretty good for an old man!" My family waved to him every time we passed him and he brightened our day every time we saw him. It's amazing what an impact his friendly waves had on our community. He's already greatly missed!
The kind man in the orange hat. Always with a smile and spreading joy..
Our heartfelt sympathy to the Foland family. Yesterday we received phone calls from both of our children, who are away at college, notifying us of Jack's passing. He was a wonderful part of their childhood and won't be forgotten. We will miss his waves and the Husker football chats. Jack was truly special!
I will really miss my great grandad. He was a really funny person. He was very great person and he liked to have his own say in every thing.
Jack brought so much happiness to our community. Thank you Jack for showing my children that "actions speak louder than words." I will miss your huge smile and big wave. May we all be a little kinder because of you.
We moved to the neighborhood 10 years ago and Jack became our first friend. He will be missed very much by the Stanley community. I am saddened that I will never see his bright smile and big wave again. Jack made each and everyone one of us feel special.
We lived on Lamar for 15 years and met Mr. Jack right after we moved in. If I was in my car I always got his wave but if I was walking, running, or in my yard I always got a hug. I told Mr. Jack many times how much he would make my day better just seeing him. He was so sweet and encouraging. He always had a positive, happy outlook on life. We left our little neighborhood last August and moved to North Carolina. Several times I've said to my husband "We need a Mr. Jack here!" He made our neighborhood special and we miss him so much.
How special to read all the special and endearing comments about
Jack. I worked at Massey Ferguson a while when Jack worked there......1960's. True to the comments, he was then such a likeable, friendly and competent man!
Thanks Jack, for teaching me and my kids about what a simple gesture, such as a wave, can do for your spirits. I looked forward to it each and every day, but more importantly, all the families in Stanley seemed to gain a positive energy from his kindness! I think tomorrow I will wear my orange hat and gloves in honor of Jack- what a great inspiration on how to live life!
Although I did not know him personally, I feel like I grew up with him. His smile and wave made everyone in Stanley feel better. I can't tell you how many people on facebook are saddened by his passing. saw at least twenty posts of people who never even spoke to him, posting about how a dear neighbor had passed. He was a wonderful neighbor and people of all ages are blessed just to have driven by him. What a man.
Jack made many mornings brighter for my family as we took our children to Stanley Elementary School. His smile and wave were contagious. We just wanted your family to know that Jack was a part of many peoples' lives and we were always happy to see him. Peace be with you.
Our deepest sympathy to the Foland family. We will miss Jack's contagious smile and friendly wave. His apparent joy for life made the days of several around Stanley and was always something to look forward to on the way to school, work, the store or wherever. Sending you smiles and waves Jack. Thank you for helping us to remember to be friendly, be neighborly and smile...
The Lamm Family
My day was always made much brighter after receiving a smile and wave from you, Jack. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart.
Jack was a dear neighbor. We never met him personally but knew exactly who he was. He always had a friendly smile and wave as we drove by. Having 4 children go thru Stanley Elementary school in the past 18 years, I have waved many times. Jack always put a smile on our faces, no matter how our day was going! We looked forward to seeing him! We will soooo miss him!!
Jack made my day each time he waved to me and my kids. We spoke one time in the park when I was with one of my dogs. He always reminded me of my dad always friendly. I know he is watching us from above.
We all loved seeing Jack walking in the neighborhood with his orange hat. His contagiouse smile, friendly waves and dog treats for our 4 legged family members will be missed by the entire Stanley community.
We lost a dear neighbor on Tuesday. He was a 90 year old gentleman who used to love walking in the neighborhood. He would wave at everyone, every car, every walker, every bike rider. I affectionately referred to him as “Jack the Waver”. You knew it was going to be a good day if you saw Jack the Waver in the morning on the way to work. He looked a lot like my dad and had the same name – so I loved seeing him! I would always honk and wave which would drive my son crazy. “Why do you honk, mom?” I would tell him that it was my way of acknowledging him. My son and I texted about it last night and he said that there were lots of posts on Facebook about Jack and that everyone loved him. And we did! Rest in Peace, Kim Hendrix
Jack smiles and waves will be missed greatly and I am sure all the dogs will miss him to. I didn't know him long, but it was a pleasure. A neighbor
He was such a nice guy. Always made my day better when i saw him outside waving to everyone. He will be missed by many and remembered for ever. Rip
I am greatly saddened to hear of Jack's passing, even though he did not know me. I am one of many who Jack smiled and waved to each day. Such a warm, wonderful and loving man. The world needs more Jack Folands. For the family, be proud of him and the legacy he brought to the neighborhood. He was very beloved. When my wife told me yesterday of his passing, I was very saddened. God bless.
Jack has been brightening my families days for years with his kind smile and wave. He will be greatly missed!Rest in peace, Jack!
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Jack's wife and family. Jack will be missed greatly.... he was a wonderful inspiration to all the lives he touched with his welcoming waves and smiles. Our children have grown up with the highlight of waving to Jack, as he stopped each time to show his care, offer his great wave, and smile so sweetly to every passer by. He was a delight and a joy, and a constant reminder of taking time to share and offer kindness to everyone. He will be remembered dearly and missed always.
- The Mitchell Family
I wrote a note about 3 years ago about Jack on my Facebook page. This is what I wrote, and even if we never met anyone else from Jack's family, he touched so many in our little corner of the world. "I have to tell you about Jack. Jack is an elderly gentleman in his late 70's or early 80's that goes on a walk every morning. He is a true testament of kindness. From 20 degree temperatures to 90 degrees he is out there without fail. I am not sure how many miles Jack walks in a week, but he is always out there. Now you may ask "what does his walking have to do with kindness?" Well, it's what he does on his morning constitutional that is a simple act of kindness. Every car that passes him by is greeted by wave of his hand. I don't know how many hundreds of cars he has waved to, nor do I know how many return that wave, but he is guaranteed a wave and a smile from me. I've gotten so accustomed to his morning greeting that I know his simple act of kindness puts a smile on my face and makes my day just a little brighter. I am too much of wimp to walk in the 20 degee temps, but when the weather is nice, I've run into Jack on my own walks. He always makes the effort to stop and say hello. I've observed him on more than one occasion doing that to fellow walkers. I hope his small gesture brightens others days as well. So with this little note, I want to honor Jack and send out my own wave to my friends and family and wish you a great day." Jack will be missed greatly.
This man always brightened my day. He would stop for every car and wave at them with a smile. He would give all the dogs treats and was just a joy to talk to. What a wonderful man and the kids and I will miss our "waving" guy very much
We were blessed to live on Jack's daily route and got to know him a bit as he stopped to chat and give treats to our two dogs each day. Jack's loving spirit, bright smile and hearty waves made a difference in our lives. He made people happy. We watched for him and looked forward to his stops. Our three kids are all teens now, but they still appreciated Jack's visits as much as when they were little. We especially loved when he was featured with an interview on the radio years ago. Jack was a true treasure. Thank you so much for sharing him with our neighborhood. We are all better for having known him. God Bless.
Oh, what a delightful sweet man Jack was! My family knew him from all of our walks we took crossing paths with Jack so often over the years. He never knew a stranger and was so respectful of everyone he ever came into contact with. Whether it be a car traveling past or a person walking or biking past him, every one got a big smile and wave and long friendly eye to eye contact. Oftentimes Jack would stop and talk during our walks, taking time from his cardio effort to be a friend. He is the only person I have ever known who would make sure every single human's day was brightened every single time he saw them. We all loved him dearly and he will be missed so much. My condolences to all of you who are his family members and close friends. What a wonderful person he was, and what a great lesson to be learned from someone who may have had more problems and lifetime issues that any of us, making sure we got a welcome smile and greeting to brighten up our day. He has made my days plenty of times!
Rest in peace, Jack.
Jack was the Most Amazing Man!! He touched myself and most of all my children. He always gave us a heartfelt wave that made us feel so special. He will be MISSED!!
I am sad to say that I too am one of the many people who never knew Jack's name until just now. But I always looked forward to driving by him, knowing that at the very last second, he was going to whip around and give you a wave. No matter what mood you found yourself in, coming upon Jack was sure to brighten it, even if just for that moment. Jack brought a small town sense of neighborly connection to our small neighborhood in Stanley and I only hope that his values and actions rubbed off on all of us for future generations. Thank you Jack! Prayers to Jack and his family. Rest in Peace.
The "waving man" will be sadly missed. My kids are grown now but always ask if I have seen him. Thanks for showing people how to be friendly to everyone.
Jack would never fail to wave as we drove by, or to give my dog a treat when we met on our walks. After moving to college, I would still tell everyone about the man with the hat who would wave to every car, even the ones coming from behind! RIP Jack
I lived in the neighborhood until I graduated high school and I LOVED seeing him every day when I would drive to and from school. It was such a joy to see his smiling face and it always cheered me up on a bad day. Even after I moved from the neighborhood I would return and see him on numerous occasions. I hope he knew how many lives he touched! What a guy.
My family has been in the neighborhood for close to 20 years and referred to Jack as "The Waving Man". His contagious smile and wholehearted wave will be missed. He is a wonderful steward of community camaraderie and we can all learn a lesson from his grace.
My family and I are so blessed to have been on the receiving end of Jack's friendly smile and kind wave. What a brilliant man, to have touched so many lives with such a simple and genuine gesture. My kids and I will especially miss seeing him on our way to school. Thank you Jack for making our days brighter and touching our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
While I never even knew his name, Jack played a significant role in my childhood. I wonder if he knew that he was teaching us that it is always best to be kind and wave to strangers. RIP Jack - I hope you know just how many lives you touched and that your message of kindness will never be forgotten.
As soon as we spotted his bright orange hat the windows would go down and waving arms would extend. At first he was "the waving guy" until we met him on the trail one day.....we had to know his real name and thank him for being so kind. Such a small gesture with a huge impact. You will be greatly missed and remembered. Our condolences to the family.
The Hettinger family
We moved here about 1 1/2 ago and my kids were always asking about "the man who waves", and I told them he was our friend. I am grateful for how Jack welcomed us in with his warm smile and wonderful wave. His neighborly kindness was a tender mercy from the Lord and welcomed us to Kansas. He is a true treasure and will be dearly missed, and I pray we can all be more friendly and follow his example.
We will keep his dear famiy in our prayers that they may have peace and comfort.
Although we didn't know Jack, his kind smile and wave always made our day. When my daughter attended Stanley Elementary, she would always look for him and couldn't wait to wave back.
Jack my friend, we need more people like you. You will be missed. Rest in Peace.
We moved to our neighborhood 15 years ago and my kids went to Stanley Elementary, so they grew up waving to Jack and tried to wave to him before he waved to us. We always looked for him when we drove on Lamar. My dog, Brandy and I had a chance to talk to him a couple of times while on walks and he always gave her treats from his pocket. Thank you, Jack for making us smile every time you waved to us.
Mary and family,
I am very sad to hear of Jack's passing. I only knew him for a short time, through our bowling league on Monday mornings. He was always so gracious and encouraging and enjoyed speaking of his family. I will always remember his smile and him wearing a ballcap.
God will give you strength and promises a safe landing for your loved one. Continue to reminisce the many happy times and hold them close to your heart. Memories never fade. May God bless you all and shine his light of Faith, Hope and Love.
We moved here a little more than a year ago and from the first day we felt like we knew Jack. We never knew his name, but it was so nice to see him and get a personal wave from him. The kids asked me who he was and I said he was our friend. From that day on they always said "there's our friend!"
He made you happy just seeing him. Thank you for all the happiness you gave, Jack. We will remember you in our daily prayers!
Jack will be dearly missed by the Stanely Community. He brightened, even my worst day, with his smile and wave when I saw him on his walk. My kids and I would be so excited to wave at Jack when we saw him from the car. The Stanley Comminuty has lost a true treasure. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Please know he touched many lives in a positive way with his kindness.
Jack will be missed by all in our neighborhood.Always a smile and a huge wave to everyone who passes by.You know he is in heaven with that same smile waving down at us.. Rest in Peace Jack. what a great man...
Ever since we moved here in 2005, we always looked for Jack and his wave. My whole family would wave back. He brightened our day just by stopping and taking the time to wave, even if he was talking to others. He will be greatly missed.
How lucky I am to have had Jack as my neighbor and friend for nearly 15 years. His outgoing friendliness always brought a smile to me. My little dog Rudy just adorned him. Jack was just a "special" gift to so many! My deepest sympathy to the family for their loss. God Bless! - Mary Ann Goetz
Your smile and wave will be missed by many. It is amazing that such a small, simple gesture can make someone feel so good. Thank you for your example of kindness and may all of us that "felt" your wave, pay it forward. RIP and condolances to your family.
Jack will be missed by the entire neighborhood. He always brightened our day when we'd see him walking and waving. My children and I would always say, 'Everybody wave!' when we'd drive by. I hope he knows how much joy his small gesture brought to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God comforts your family during this very difficult time. When I read the following quote,I thought of Jack! "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” -Mother Teresa. He was a wonderful example of this quote. He filled our neighborhood with kindness every time he took a walk, smiled and waved to every person that drove by and to every dog he passed. He brightened my day every time I saw him. Facebook is filled with our memories of Jack and what a great person he was. He made a difference to so many. I picture him in heaven smiling and waving at everyone,being welcomed with the same smile and love he showed all of us.
Jack "the walker" was a constant in the neighborhood. Even after I moved away and would drive through the neighborhood to visit my son and his wife, there was Jack. Always waving at each car. You should all be proud of this man's legacy. He touched so many lives. Rest in peace, Jack.
Jack was truly a blessing in our neighborhood. Always ready with his friendly wave and a dog treat for our furry pets. My furry friend and I will miss him, No matter what kind of day I was having, he would brighten it in an instant. I especially loved his bright orange gloves in the winter as from blocks away, you could see him and know that a ray of sunshine was coming your way. My condolences to the family. He will be missed!
We never personally met but we met your beautiful spirit many times over the years. Every time our family saw you walking the whole car would get excited with anticipation to wave to you. You will be missed. Peace. The Stevens Family of Willow Bend.
We never knew Jack's name, but always looked forward to seeing Jack. He always brightened our day and made our neighborhood a very special place. Driving through the Stanley community will never be the same knowing we won't have that smile and wave greeting us. Our condolences and prayers.
You sill be missed Jack. You always made the day brighter with your cheery waving to everyone!
Rest in peace Jack, you were loved by many. Thank you for your smile and happiness. This world could learn a lot from you. You will be missed...
Rest in peace my friend. Thanks for being such a good neighbor. Your house next door is still referred to as Jack's house. If you run into Percy tell him hi.
I found out about Jack's passing on facebook tonight. My eyes filled with tears because it has been a while since we have cut through the neighborhood to get to dance. We don't go to that dance studio anymore, but when we did, we always looked forward to seeing Jack with his bright orange gloves waving and his amazing, sincere smile! He will be very missed and I hope he knew how he always brightened our day!!!
My family called him Mr. Waver Guy. He was truly a great, inspirational man who always brightened our day as well as our dogs' days with his never-ending pocket of treats. He will truly be missed. Our condolences to the family.
Jack brought so much happiness to our neighborhood. I'm sad that until his death, I didn't know his name. Our daughter and her friends always referred to him as "The Happy Man". He brightened a bad mood on more than one day. So happy to have had the chance to be his neighborhood. He is a perfect example of what good, random acts of kindness can do.
I am so sorry for your loss and ours as a community as well. Yes, he brought a smile to my face everytime he waved as I drove by. He reminded me so much of my Dad. I regret never taking the time to stop my car and visit with him. I know he must have been a very special man. Again, my condolences and prayers for peace as you remember your life with him.