Jack Eugene Smallwood
July 26, 1932 – July 6, 2018
Jack Eugene Smallwood, 85, passed away on July 6th, 2018 at Community Howard Regional Hospital. Jack was born to Robert and Iva (Wilson) Smallwood on July 26th, 1932 in Kokomo. Jack married his wife of 67 years, Margaret E. Hill, on June 29th, 1951 in Kokomo. Jack served our country in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. In Yorktown, Virginia, Jack attended the U.S. Naval Schools Mine Warfare, completing his schooling on October 31st, 1952. Afterwards, Jack went to the Naval Mine Depot in Warrick, Virginia until 1955. Jack served on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain (CVA-39) in the 6th Fleet, from September 1955 to April 1956. He was a reservist for 2 years after. Jack was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
After serving in the Navy, Jack went on to work at Montgomery Ward in retail from 1960 to 1967, then went on to work in various assignments leading up to assistant manager at Sears and Roebuck, retiring in 1990.
Jack was a member of the Elks Lodge. He was a past member of Fairlawn United Brethren Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Jack greatly enjoyed powerboating from 1970 to 2001 with friends and family. He was a member of the Coast Guard in Marion, Indiana assisting with search and rescue missions, and helping people in distress. He thoroughly enjoyed his family and helping with them projects, such as working on cars. Jack was a talented auto mechanic. Jack loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, watching sports, and would attend as many of his grandchildren's events as he could. Jack was well known within the community and had many friends. They will miss him dearly.
Jack leaves behind his wife, Margaret Smallwood; children Celeste (Bruce) Sumner and Brad (Tami) Smallwood; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 3 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews
Jack is preceded in passing by his parents; 6 sisters Eileen (Lee) Tipett, Winifred (John) Poynter, Betty (Chester) Archer, Mary (Frank) Pierce, Annamay (Jack) Crone, and Roberta (Marvin) Bagwell.
Margaret and family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at North Woods Village Memory Care Unit for their interest and care during Jack's short stay. Also to the staff in Community Howard Regional Hospital's E.R. and P.C.U. for their compassion with Jack and his family. The family would like to thank their neighbors and community for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the American Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org/Join_The_Cause_Donate, or a charity of your choice.
Friends and family may call from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 12th at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, with funeral service following at 1:00 PM. Pastor Jeff Evans will officiate, with eulogy by Jack's nephew, Robert Poynter. Jack will be laid to rest at Crown Point Cemetery, following the funeral.
Jack Eugene Smallwood
Carol Ann Carter
July 11, 2018
The members of Mary Hill Saucier’s family send their love and care at this time in memory of Uncle Jack. Over the years, Unce Jack has shown us acceptance, kindness, and most memorable, his humor. One memory is when Mom called us from Kokomo to let us know she made the trip fine, but most of all, to tell us she was driving Uncle Jack’s Cadillac. She was frightened she might damage it, but more than that, she was touched that he would trust her with his favorite car. When Dad died, he drove that same Cadillac to Louisiana to bring
Aunt Margaret to the service and to give support to mom.
One quality I admired most about Uncle Jack was his adoration for his wife and love of his family. To us, he was he was there, not just for immediate family, but to help anyone of us who had a need.
The last time I saw him was when we came through on our return trip from Canada to visit our son, and we met them for lunch at their favorite restaurant. Our visit was pleasant, and we took photos in front of the fountain. He wore his usual smile, and he joked the whole time.
Yes, we were blessed to have him in our family, and he will definitely be missed.
Carol Ann and Donnie Carter, Gayle and Doug Spano, and David and Pat Saucier, plus all of our families.
Diane Mical (Tippet)
July 9, 2018
To me my Uncle Jack was always a giant of a man and yet he had a warm smile and soft laugh. The twinkle in his eyes made me happy just to be around him. He is loved and will be missed.