Jack Laczai July 15, 1944 - July 15, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Jack Laczai passed away on his 70th birthday on Wednesday, July 15, at Hamilton Grove Assisted Living Center in New Carlisle, IN. Jack was born on July 15, 1944, to Blaze "Buck" and Marty Laczai. He was preceded in death by his father, Buck, and his wife, Judie. Surviving are his mother, Marty Laczai of Mishawaka; his sister, Sharon (Dale) Persyn of Mishawaka; his children, Christine (Tom) James of Plano, TX, Tricia (Patrick) Eagon of Mishawaka and Susan Laczai of Plano, TX; his stepchildren, Ray (Tammy) Campbell of South Bend, Laura (John) Larscheid of Milwaukee, WI, Diane Campbell of Carpentersville, IL, and Mark Campbell of Milwaukee, IL; two grandchildren, Alex and Garrett James; two step-grandchildren, Billy (Allison) Campbell of South Bend and Beth Campbell of South Bend; and one great-grandchild, Quinn Campbell. Jack graduated in 1961 from Mishawaka High School. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1967, having proudly served aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid. He followed in his father Buck's footsteps and was a dedicated firefighter, retiring in 1997 after 29 years of service. After retirement, Jack took up woodworking. In his workshop in his basement, Jack specialized in designing and constructing birdhouses, gifting them to family and donating many of them to charities for fundraising. Jack enjoyed maintaining his lawn and observing the birds and his nemesis the squirrels until he moved to assisted living. Jack was notorious for his sweet tooth and love of candy. He was a devoted DVD fan, particularly enjoying Band of Brothers and Greatest Catch, although he did have difficulties with those remotes. Jack spent the past few years at Hamilton Grove Assisted Living. Viewing for Jack will be on Friday, July 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with funeral service at 1 p.m. in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka, with Rev. Terry Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, where VFW Post 360/American Legion 161 burial squad will perform Military Rites. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hoosier Burn Camp, PO Box 233, Battle Ground, IN 47920, or online at http://hoosierburncamp.org/donate/ To leave the family an online condolence, please visit our website www.hahnfuneralhomes.com.
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Hahn Funeral Home
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 17, 2014