Jack H. Mortimore, 85, Kendallville, died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Kendallville Manor HealthCare Center.
He was born June 24, 1926, in Kendallville to Mike and Blanche (Gretzinger) Mortimore.
Living all his life in the area, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. He started his career in the propane gas business with Seagly Brothers in Kendallville, working in delivery and sales. Upon sale of the business, he remained with the new owners and retired in 1984 from Valero Energy of Dallas as a sales representative. He was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Kendallville serving as deacon, elder, trustee, and church board president. He was also a member of the Kendallville Lions Club, Kendallville American Legion Post 86, and a life member of Kendallville VFW Post 2749. He and his wife wintered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for 18 years.
He was married April 14, 1945, in Garrett, to Beverly J. Hinkley. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2011.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and David Bryant, Kendallville; three granddaughters, Rhonda Black, Ft. Wayne, Cecelee and Chad Shuck, South Milford, and Beverly Bryant and John Crover, Huntertown; three great-grandchildren, Joel D. Busche, Bryant Walter-Shuck, and Hannah M. Black; a sister-in-law, Barbara and Bill Smith, Columbia City; several nieces and nephews; his Lima Rd. friends and neighbors; and his coffee buddies at the Kendallville VFW.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Tyler, and one brother, Homer Mortimore.
Memorial services for both he and his wife will be announced at a later date. Military honor services will be provided by Kendallville VFW Post 2749 and Rome City American Legion Post 381.
Memorials may be directed to Parkview Noble Hospice or First Christian Church Building Fund. Memorials may be mailed to Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel.
Online condolences may be sent at www.youngfamilyfuneral home.com.
Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.