Jack D. Praed

Jack Day Praed

82, passed away peacefully at home on October 15, 2014. Born in Newman, Illinois, on May 2, 1932, he was the oldest of four sons (Edward, Drayton and George) born to Jack and Rosalie Praed.

After a short time in Southern California as a child, he lived nearly his entire life in Indianapolis. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1952, where he was a varsity athlete in track (sprints and long jump) and football (running back and defensive end).

He graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from John Herron Art Institute, where he met his future wife -- Shirley Waltz. They were married June 15, 1958. Jack worked as a commercial artist for a number of art agencies, and for the Department of Defense's Fort Harrison, where he retired in 1994. He was a devoted husband to Shirley, helping her run The Country Door gift shop in Danville from 1974 to 1981, where he designed and built custom hand-made country furniture. He was also a devoted father to their three children, Beth Ann (Grand Rapids, MI), Jon Linden (Arlington, VA) and Scott Joseph (Indianapolis). Prior to college, he served two years active duty in the U.S. Army in Korea, and was honorably discharged. After retirement, he continued creating art, experimenting with 3D painted clay landscapes and portraits, in addition to gardening his beloved day-lillies.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at Church of the Master, 1620 N. Girls School Road, with a reception to follow from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. His remains will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife and three children, he is survived by two brothers, Drayton and George, and six grandchildren.

Published by The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 17, 2014.
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Shirley Jo, Beth, Jon, and Scott, May the Lord give you strength and peace in the days to come. There are many fond memories from past family get-togethers.
Bruce & Kathy Barr
October 18, 2014
Shirley, sorry to see of your loss. You will be in our prayers through this time. It was good to see you this summer.
Beverly Woodford
October 17, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marge Hendricks
October 17, 2014
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