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Jack Forrest Garwick

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July 31, 1919 - April 20, 2013
NEW CARLISLE - Jack Forrest Garwick, age 93, of New Carlisle, IN, and formerly of Michiana Shores, IN, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his son's residence in New Carlisle, IN. Jack was born July 31, 1919, in Columbus, OH, to Merle and Ruth (Petty) Garwick, who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Columbus Central High School. On June 4, 1938, he married Bettyann Hale in Kentucky. Jack is survived by his seven children, Kathryn (Ted) Saunders of Baltimore, OH, R. Diana Arnold of Millersport, OH, Jack F. (Georgia) Garwick of LaPorte, IN, Richard M. (Linda) Garwick of New Carlisle, IN, Rev. E. Keith (Nancy) Garwick of Topsham, ME, Vicki (Jim) Ledford of Dorr, MI, and Emery L. "Rusty" (Cheryl) Garwick of Gary, IN, son-in-law, Michael Smith of Kouts, IN; 27 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren, with 2 additions expected in 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob (Ginny) Garwick and Bill (Dorothy) Garwick; sister, Betty (John "Lucky") Stockton; his 3 wives, Bettyann Garwick in 1976, M. Alice (Avery) Garwick in 2002, and Elva "Jackie" (Detwiler) Garwick in 2012; daughters, Permelia at birth in 1949, and KerriEllen Smith in 2012; son-in-law, John Arnold; grandson, Jonathan W. Garwick in 1986, and great-grandson, Kirk W. Garwick-Cross in 1996. Jack was a self-educated man who held many positions. During WW II he served as chief mechanic with the Civil Air Patrol at Lockborn Airport. He was a chef at the Dashler-Hilton Hotel in Columbus. He worked at The Ohio State University as an electrical engineer, helped to design language labs for Raytheon, Inc. who transferred him to Michigan City in 1966. Jack was a trouble-shooter for the Poloron Corporation from which he retired in 1977. Jack had many hobbies, among them model building. He constructed a three-foot-long replica of the Robert E. Lee paddle boat which he sailed on Chain-o-Lakes. He built a replica of a WW II plane which he flew in New Carlisle. Jack built numerous clocks for family members including a Grandfather clock and several Grandmother clocks. He also built pieces of furniture: desks, entertainment centers and bureaus which his children have in their homes. He also painted landscapes and recorded his many trips. He enjoyed traveling, especially to the United Kingdom. Visitation for family and friends will take place today, April 24, 2013, 2:00 4:00 PM at Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home, located at 613 Washington St., Michigan City, IN. Services will be today, April 24, 2013, at 4:00 PM at Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home, with Rev. E. Keith Garwick (Jack's son) officiating. Burial will take place at Wilson Cemetery in Newark, OH, next to his wife of 38 years, Bettyann Garwick. Services at graveside will be held by Jack's grandson, John (J.T.) Garwick. The Garwick family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Michelle, Julie, Joe and Jonathan of Southern Care of Mishawaka. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack's name to Southern Care Hospice, 310 West McKinley, Suite 340, Mishawaka, IN 46545. To view the guestbook or leave condolences, visit
Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 24, 2013
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