John Kemper Carmichael, Jr., 88, “Jack” to friends and family passed away Friday January 11, 2019 at I. U. Ball Memorial after a brief illness. Jack was born to Gertie and John Kemper Carmichael on July 3, 1930 in Muncie Indiana. He grew up in the area graduating from Muncie Central in 1948 and Indiana University in 1958 with a degree in political science. His rich work history included teaching Social Studies at Farmland High School, Government Affairs Division for Ball Corporation, business manager for Joe Allardt and Company and several retail outlets as a teenager. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War conflict earning the Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Service Medal.
He had been a member of Hazelwood Christian Church for 46 years and more recently joined the Daleville Christian Church where he brought joy to his church families. His strong faith led him to serve on the committee to bring Billy Graham to the area and at Hazelwood Christian Church in the offices of Elder, Deacon, historian and bookkeeper for several years. He was a member of the Delaware County Historical Society, American Legion, Disciples of Christ Historical Society (Nashville), Muncie Central Alumni, Society of Indiana Pioneers, Magna Charta Barons Somerset Chapter and National Societies for Sons of Plymouth Colony, Sons of American Colonists, Sons of the American Revolution and Descendants of Washington’s army at Valley Forge.
Jack became an activist holding offices as the Republican Committeeman, precinct 13 from 1958-1969, Administrative Assistant to United States Congressman Ralph Harvey 1961-1966 in Washington D. C., Administrative Assistant to Muncie Mayor John V. Hampton and clerk to the Circuit and Superior Courts of Delaware County from January 1968 to December 1971.
The commitment to the community and history was apparent in Jack’s life with memberships in the Kiwanis Club, Indiana University and Farmland Alumni Associations, Ball Hospital Auxiliary, Air Force Association, Sons of the American Revolution both state and national levels. Memberships in Historical Societies of Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky all were important to Jack as he traced his heritage back to the founding of our country.
The Kiwanis Club of Muncie honored him as Outstanding President, 1975-1976, Muncie Jaycees awarded him the Good Government Award 1972, and Sons of the American Revolution, Minuteman and Meritorious awards on the National level and the Patriot Medal and Bronze Color Guard Medal awards on the State level had honored Jack.
Surviving Jack are three nieces, one nephew, and several cousins.
His parents and sister Roberta Jean White preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 26, 2019 at Daleville Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Gary McManus officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
The family will receive online condolences at www.parsonmortuary.com.
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