John Parker "Jack" Molitor
October 1, 1926 – December 8, 2020
John Parker “Jack” Molitor of Westfield, Indiana passed away on December 8, 2020 at the age of 94 after having lived a very full and happy life. Jack was born in Payne, Ohio on October 1, 1926 to John F. and Ferne V. Molitor. He is survived by his wife of 72 years Lois (Rodecap) Molitor, daughter, Nathalie A. Fairfax of Westfield, daughter-in-law, Nancy Eakin Molitor of Carmel, grandchildren; John Fairfax (Heather), Elizabeth Miller (Chris), Spencer Fairfax (Haley), John Paul Molitor, Lauren Wintrode (Andy), Kathleen Molitor, and Daniel Molitor, 9 great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother, Harold O. Molitor (Mary Ann) of Salt Lake City, Utah, sister, Arletta Smith (Wayne) and very recently, his son, John R. Molitor (Nancy) of Carmel.
Jack grew up in Auburn, Indiana and graduated from Auburn High School in 1944. He enjoyed helping to organize and acting as master of ceremonies for the Auburn High School class of ’44 reunions for many years. Many of his favorite stories were about his high school antics and friends. A US Navy veteran during World War II, Jack achieved the rank of Lieutenant JG while simultaneously earning his bachelor’s degree. He attended Indiana State University and the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude from Notre Dame in 1949. He married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Lois, on July 17, 1948.
After college, Jack joined his father in the hardware business, relocating the family to Kendallville, Indiana where he co-owned and managed Kendallville Hardware on Main Street. He was active in local politics in Kendallville and served on the planning commission and city council. He was also a member of the Kendallville VFW, Elks Club, Kendallville Country Club. After selling the hardware in 1967, the family relocated to Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Jack entered the world of finance as a licensed stock broker, working for several firms before retiring as a Vice President of A.G. Edwards. An avid golfer, Jack and Lois elected to split their early retirement years between Indiana and Ft. Meyers, Florida so Jack could play golf year-round. He was a member of Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne. In 1998, they moved to Carmel to be closer to their children and grandchildren. One of his greatest pleasures was meeting each of his 9 great-grandchildren.
Jack continued to play golf into his eighties, and especially enjoyed playing with his son John and his former son-in-law, Barry Fairfax. The family ultimately had to impose a 3-hole limit on the number of shots they could brag or complain about after each round. He enjoyed watching and dabbling in the stock market, white-knuckling it through Dame football and basketball games, and spending time with his family. His family and friends will miss Jack’s quick wit, back-handed compliments, brilliant insights and his ability to make those around him feel special and loved. We will always be tempted to answer the phone using his signature “We gave at the office” greeting. The family wishes to thank the following special caregivers who assisted Jack during the past several years as his health declined; Amy Montgomery, Dana Jessell Riordan, Rochelle Taylor, and Brandi Redden.
A private Mass of Christian Burial for Jack will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm. Please join us via live stream at: www.leppertmortuary.com at 1:45 pm. Interment follows at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. Online condolences available at www.leppertmortuay.com
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
John Parker "Jack" Molitor
December 23, 2020
Hi Geez. I cherish the memories of spending time with you and Grandma throughout my childhood. I love remembering going to Coney Dog Island, “booch” and “tweak”, asking for bacon every morning when I visited, spending time at your condo on the coast of Florida, spending afternoons sitting on your back porch in Carmel, and watching you play with and enjoy your great grandchildren including my own son.
You and Grandma devoted so much time and attention to us during my childhood and made us feel safe and loved. I’m so glad that Connor and all the great grandkids had the gift of knowing and spending good years with their great grandparents. I will always be so grateful for those memories.
I am so sorry that this pandemic kept us from being able to visit you in your last months. If I could've been there at the end I would have given you a hug and hold your hand, like you did so many times for me as a little girl. I am so glad you were comfortable and peaceful and with your daughter and wife in your last hours.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for us all and for being a wonderful Grandpa and “Big Bap”. "Come back when you can't stay so long"...
December 20, 2020
Tina ( Natalie ) Fairfax,
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. From what I read about him, he was truly a loved man by his family. I'm so sorry for your loss, I'm sure he will be dearly missed .
Hope you are healthy and at peace.
Sincerely, Rick Fogle
Class -mate Bishop Luers H.S