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John Cherry Jr.

John K. Cherry, Jr.

November 24, 1937 - February 14, 2013

John K. Cherry, Jr., 75, 608 Westview Circle, West Lafayette, died 2:20pm Thursday, February 14, 2013 with his wife and three children at his side. He was born November 24, 1937 in Kokomo, Indiana to John K. Cherry and Hazel D. (Sumpter) Cherry. He was married June 13, 1959 to Judy Dianne Wykoff in Marion, IN and she survives.

John was raised mostly in Kokomo but spent several memorable years of his childhood in Germany while his father served in the military immediately after WWII. He was a graduate of Kokomo High School, class of 1955. He graduated from Indiana University in 1960 and was a devoted "Hoosier" the rest of his life. He also completed the Graduate School of Banking program at Wisconsin University. Early in his career he was a Builder-Dealer for National Homes in Kokomo, Marion and Lafayette, moving to Lafayette in 1964 to join Price & Price, Inc. In 1967 he joined Lafayette National Bank and as assistant manager of the Mortgage Loan Department. After 26 years in banking, he retired as Executive Vice President of the bank in 1983 to start a family business, Project Bike Shop/Cherry Bicycles with his son, John III and wife, Dianne. John also taught banking and real estate classes at Indiana University and Purdue University. He devoted endless hours of leadership to the Greater Lafayette community throughout his life. This included the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Camp Tecumseh YMCA and First United Methodist Church of West Lafayette. John was a past president of the Tippecanoe County Welfare Board and the Greater Lafayette Community Centers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, John K. Cherry, III and his partner Lexus of Battle Ground, IN; and two daughters and their spouses, Paula Dianne Koppel and Steven of Boston, MA and Pamela Dawn Titus and Steven of Fortville, IN. He is also survived by two sisters, Kathleen A. Irwin of Kokomo, IN, Carolyn S. Biegtol of Greenwood, IN; and two brothers, R. Patrick Cherry of Kokomo, IN and Dennis R. Cherry of Denton, TX. He had three grandchildren who he adored and adored him, David and Katherine Koppel of Boston, MA and Nicole Cherry of West Lafayette.

Proceeded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Michael, and a sister, Beverly Jo.

The funeral services are planned for Sunday, February 17, 2013. Visitation will begin at 2:30pm with the service to follow at 3:30pm. Both the visitation and service will be held at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 405 E. Oxford Street, Otterbein, IN, Pastor John Randall officiating. Many of John's favorite things were red. In his memory, we invite guests at his memorial service to wear something in his favorite color.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department, 1501 Hartford Street, Lafayette or Camp Tecumseh YMCA, "Making a Difference" Fund, 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, Brookston, IN or to a charity of donors' choice. You may sign the guest book or leave a memory at www.soller-baker.com


Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2013
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