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John C. Navarra

82, Indianapolis, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on August 19, 1931 to Charles A. and Frances A. Romano Navarra. John was a graduate of Cathedral High School and St. Joseph's College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John worked as a banker at Indiana National Bank for 25 years and spent 18 years at National Bank of Greenwood, Merchants National Bank and National City Bank, before retiring in 1993 as Vice President, Cashier, Operations Manager and Security Officer. He served on the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Banking. John was instrumental in starting the first Junior Achievement Bank of Indianapolis and converting Indiana National Bank from alpha to numerical banking. He also attended several specialized schools in the banking industry including the AIB at University of Indianapolis, management of managers at the University of Michigan, personnel at the University of Atlanta, loan school at the University of Oklahoma and 3 years at banking school at the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He was a member of St. Roch Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 3660 and the Bishop Chatard Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. John enjoyed many hobbies, which included piloting planes, water skiing, boating, fishing, woodworking and reading western and mystery novels. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Constance Giuliano. He is survived by his wife, Twila Navarra; children, David M. Navarra, Deanna M. Foster; step-children, Robert Fattig, Nina Sanders; brother, Michael A. Navarra; 6 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Noon in St. Roch Catholic Church. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home , where prayers will be said on Friday at 11:30 a.m. prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at:


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 16, 2013
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