Rose Hill Class of 1955 Rose Hill, Kansas

Jack Carr

February 28, 1937 - February 28, 2015

After high school I attended K-State for one year, then enlisted in the Army with my brother Elton for two years. We spent 16 months of our time in Korea. I then spent 5 years with Associates before deciding to go back to college. I received a Bachelors degree in Education from Wichita State in 1967 and a Masters in 1972. I married Ilene in 1960 and we had 3 children: Steve, 38; Rhonda, 36; and Scott, 28. Ilene and I divorced in 1980.

I taught and coached baseball and basketball at Douglass High School until 1972. With three children and no money, I left teaching in 1972 and went to work for Coachmen Industries. I became a Division Manager for them in Southern California and stayed with Coachmen until November 1986, when I resigned from the company and moved back to Rose Hill. I have been at Boeing since January 1987 and have been in management the past 9 years. I hope to retire in 2005.

I lost my brother Elton in 1976 as a result of an automobile accident near Jefferson City, Missouri. He had turned 38 years old two days earlier.

My father passed away in 1972 and mom died in 1987. I also lost my sister Virginia in 1995. There are five of us brothers and sisters left.

My spare time still centers pretty much around children. I still coach baseball and basketball some and spend all the time possible with my two grandchildren (hope to have many more). One is a ballplayer and the other a cheerleader. I served 10 years as a Big Brother to a young man from Derby and currently serve on the local Board of Education.

  • Jack and grandchildren.
  • At the 2005 class reunion.
  • Birthday number 77.
Jack died on February 28, 2015, which was also his 78th birthday. His Memorial Service on Saturday, March 14, was attended by classmates Dick Albright, Marion Futhey, Richard Pearson, Don Davis, and James Walton. Marion gave the eulogy to a church full of people. Dinner was then served to all those present. A nice farewell to a man we will all miss.
Memorial Service Brochure

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Rose Hill Reporter editor Christine Wendt posted a very nice tribute to Jack on Facebook.
You can also read it here in pdf format.