MUNCIE – Jack N. Forcum, 91, on Muncie, died surrounded by his loving family at 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Westminster Village, Muncie.
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He was born in Elwood on April 10, 1923, to the late Frank S. and Connie M. (Judy) Forcum.
Jack was a graduate of Anderson High School in 1941 and General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, in 1947.
He served in United States Navy during World War II having been part of the original crew of the USS Purdy (DD-734). On April 12, 1945 the Purdy was hit by a Kamikaze while on radar picket duty in the Battle of Okinawa. The Kamikaze attack killed 15 of her crew and seriously injured 25 others. After extensive repairs from the attack, the Purdy was deployed as part of the occupation force in Japan and Jack returned home in 1946.
Jack married Golly Evans on March 14, 1944, and she preceded him in death on February 9, 2006. They were happily married for over 60 years.
He retired as an engineer from Delco Remy, General Motors, after 33 years.
Jack loved to sail, travel, play bridge, watch birds and spend time with his many friends and family.
He was a member of Muncie Sailing Club, Muncie Kiwanis Club and High Street Methodist Church, Muncie.
Jack is survived by two sons, James S. (wife, Julie) Forcum, of Hartford City, and John W. (wife, Claudia) Forcum, of Loudon, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Melissa S. (husband, Nathan) Danielson, Joshua E. (wife, Carrie) Forcum, S. Benjamin (wife, Meghan) Myron, Anne Myron and John (wife, Shalee) Myron; three great-grandchildren; special friend, Edna Mullinax.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife, his parents and his sister, Frances Keeney.
Graveside funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Elwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City.
Memorials may be made to Update Learning c/o High Street Methodist Church, 219 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47305 or to Blackford County Arts/Arts Place c/o Blackford County Community Foundation, Inc., 121 N. High St., Hartford City, IN 47348.
Online condolences may be sent to www.keplingerfuneralhome.com
Keplinger Funeral Home
509 N High St
Hartford City, IN 47348
Published in Hartford City News Times from June 20 to June 27, 2014