Jack Wendell Carmichael (August 9, 2009)

Jack Wendell Carmichael, son of Neil and Mary Lenore (Tobias) Carmichael, was born on July 7, 1922 in rural Harlan, Iowa. He attended country school in Monroe Township. After graduating from Harlan High School, Jack worked as a welder in the shipyards in CA. Jack joined the Navy and came home to tell his parents good bye before leaving for active duty. It was at this time in the kitchen of his parents home where he met Helen Glen Algren, the Cuppy’s Grove school teacher who was boarding with his family. Helen later became his wife. He then left for active service for three years and 21 days, and was stationed in the North Atlantic, Western Pacific and South Pacific Oceans during World War II.

On October 10, 1944 in Miami, Florida, Jack and Helen were married. Following Jack’s discharge, the couple returned to his childhood home southeast of Harlan, where they farmed for a number of years. Later, he worked construction for G.A. Findley in Harlan. In the early 1970s, Jack began working for the Soil Conservation Service as a State Technician.

Jack was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa, and the Helmer Reyelt A.L. Post #150, where he had served as Commander for four years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and his hobbies included china painting, gardening, and baking. Community service was also important to Jack as he often would take fresh produce to the nursing home, served as a Big Brother, and was there to help those in need. Jack and Helen often took baked goods to the organization of Concerned.

Jack W. Carmichael died on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa, having reached the age of 87 years, 1 month, and 2 days.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Helen G. Carmichael, on March 27, 2009. He is survived by two daughters, Claudia (Rusty) James of Des Moines, Iowa, and Kathleen (John) Crist of Raymore, Missouri; one son, Jeff (Connie) Carmichael of Newton, Iowa; one sister, Kathryn Thoreen of Lexington, Nebraska; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen officiating. Peggy Doonan served as organist and Ron and Carol Moon were the vocalists. Casket bearers were Ken Shetler, Sylvan Klein, Dale Larsen, Dave Murphy, Dick McLaughlin, and Virgil Koppold. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery in Jacksonville, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left on line at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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10 Responses to Jack Wendell Carmichael (August 9, 2009)

  1. Kathy Sunderland Baldwin says:

    Claudia, Kathy, Jeff & Families,

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He always had a joke to tell. And, of course, your Mom was the best nurse ever also. Just wanted you to know that I was unaware until this past weekend. My thoughts are with you all. It is difficult to lose one parent but — with both of them so close together it makes it even harder I am sure. Guess there is comfort in the fact they are together again.

  2. Deb C. says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jack and Helen truly brighten my days while caring for them at Newton Village; they will always hold a special place in my heart.

  3. Faye & Al says:

    Jeff, Connie and family – You are all in our thoughts and prayers. It’s a comfort to know Jack and Helen are back together. Hope to see you soon!

  4. Mendy and Brad Van Brogen says:

    Jeff and family, Just wanted to let you know that Jack will be greatly missed. I truly enjoyed caring for him. I will miss listening to all of his stories and having him tease me about taking his medicine. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Brad and Mendy Van Brogen says:

    Jeff and Family, Just wanted to let you know that Jack will be greatly missed. I truly enjoyed taking care of him. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Heartland Public Transit says:

    We all are thinking of all of you at this difficult time. We transported Jack many times back and forth to medical appointments. He was truly a nice caring man. He will be missed.

  7. Steve and Nancy Jones says:

    Jeff and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear about your dad, but are assured he and Helen are together once again! As we said when Helen passed, I only wish my mom could have gotten to know both Jack and Helen better when they lived beside each other at Newton Village! Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers!!

  8. John, Dee, John IV & James Longdin says:

    Jeff & family, sorry to hear of your father’s passing. You’re in our thought’s & prayer’s as you go through the day’s ahead.

  9. Dayle says:

    Jack wheeled himself to my office just last Thursday. He said to me, “Dayle, you out shine everyone here” I said Jack I could not shine without you. You have helped make me the nurse I am today.” Jack, you will always be remembered. A highlight of my nursing career. My son David will miss your stories and laughter. I know one day I will see you again and we will pick up where we left off. Until then….. God Bless, Dayle

  10. Claudia Grimsley Carlisle says:

    Helen ~ I was so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family for strength at this difficult time and in the days ahead.

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