Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Jack E. Campbell  

Jack E. Campbell
May 20, 1927 - Oct. 14, 2008

Plymouth Pilot News
14/15 October 2008, Wedensday

    Culver Jack E. Campbell, 81, of Culver , died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 at home. Arrangements are pending at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver .

Plymouth Pilot News
16 October 2008, Thursday
Culver Citizen 23 October 2008, Thursday
    Culver Jack E. Campbell, 81 of Culver , passed away on Oct. 14, 2008 at home.

    Jack was born on May 20, 1927 in Kendallville to Marvel (Eddy) and Orrin D. Campbell, who preceded him in death.

    He graduated from Rome City (Indiana) High School in 1945. He immediately enlisted in the Navy and served at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands for more than a year during WWII.

    In 1950, he married Lila Joyce Campbell in Fort Wayne. She preceded him in death in 1982.

    Jack married Marilyn Steele in 1986 in Kokomo, Indiana. She survives.

    Other survivors include three children, David of Rochester, Jack, Jr. (Linn) of Culver , and Susan (Roger) Thews of Culver ; three stepchildren: Mary Catherine (James) Shockney of Katy, Texas, Susan Steele of Indianapolis, and John Steele of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    Jack started in the boat business at an early age when his parents opened a marina in Rome City, Ind. in 1932. In 1953, he and his father purchased the Culver Boat Company on the south end of Lake Maxinkuckee. He operated at that location until 1975 when he built the Culver Marina on the south east corner of the lake. Jack retired in 2004 after the sale of the business.

    He was an avid circus and carnival enthusiast. He enjoyed restoring antique rides and opening them up for the public on Sunday afternoons at the marina. In 1997 he hosted the National Carousel Convention where his restoration of a 1927 Allan Herschell Carousel won an award. All of the rides and band organ were purchased by a museum in Olcott Beach, New York where they are now on display.

    Jack also enjoyed restoring Chris Craft boats. Many of the boats on Lake Maxinkuckee were restored under his supervision.

    He was a member of the Lions Club, Wesley United Methodist Church, and a 61 year member of the American Legion.

    Visitation with the family will be held Oct. 17, 2008 from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver . Rev. Larry Saunders will officiate services on Oct. 18, 2008 at 11 a.m. EDT at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 School St., Culver , with visitation one hour before the service.

    Burial will follow at the Culver Masonic Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Wesley United Methodist Church Building Fund.

    Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www. bonineodom. com

    The Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver , is in charge of arrangements.

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