After five decades in the banking business, Jack retired from First Midwest Bank in December 2001 to follow his heart, and he and Barbara continued to pursue their love of travel to the far corners of the world, including most of Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, North and South America, with Jack’s motto, “Relish the Moment.” Throughout all his awe-inspiring destinations and travels to the wonders of the world, he found his true joy in the journey itself. Jack humbly believed “Life hands us many privileges; but, none greater than the people we meet along the way.” His home and backyard flower/rock garden, overlooking a peaceful lake, were his pride, joy and retreat, and brought him contentment and tranquility in his retirement years.
For many years, Jack was very active in the Danville community with civic drives and club work, serving the United Community Fund, Danville Junior College Fund and Vermilion County Museum Fund drives. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and past president of the Methodist Men; 32nd Degree Mason, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Danville Consistory; life member of Anchor Lodge and Gao Grotto; Ansar Shrine; past president American Business Club, receiving the National President’s Citation for Superior Clubs for 1964-65 and the first annual Honorary Amdoes Award in 1977, life member of the Big Hat Club and board member of the Ambucs Camp for Handicapped Children; charter member of Vermilion Hills Country Club; past president of Vermilion County Credit Bureau; past board member of the Salvation Army; licensed Realtor in 1979; member of Elks Lodge and American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara, whom he lovingly called his “little flower”; brother, Allan (Martha) Stewart; two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Rolland) Goin and Margaret (George) Scarlett; two brothers-in-law, Charles (Gladys) Pickering and John “Jack” (Sherry) Pickering; and sister-in-law, Sue Pickering; 21 beloved nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.