Jack R. Druckenmiller, 81, a longtime resident of the Gould City area, died Saturday August 4, 2012 at the War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Born on April 14, 1931 in Fremont, OH, son of the late Robert L. & Pauline (Crossett) Druckenmiller, Jack quit school to join the United States Air Force in 1948 and remained in active service until his honorable discharge. He retired from the Air Force attaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. While in the service, Jack was in aviation repair and designed the first jet engine test cell which is still in use today. Also while in the service, Jack finished his G.E.D., went to many aviation repair schools and received all of the following licenses; his AP & AI & AE and his ratings for teaching aviation classes. Upon his retirement from the service, he relied on his teaching abilities and taught ground school and flying near Swanton, Ohio for several years while working for Teledyn Corp. In addition to his love of aviation, Jack enjoyed brook trout fishing and singing. He was an accomplished singer and produced several christian music CD’s, which are in use all over the world today.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Virginia, his daughter Joanne and his son Mark. Survivors include his wife, the former Carol McMillan of Gould City, whom he married on December 7, 1996 in Engadine; sons Rex of Illinois and David (Sally) of TN; step children and their spouses Ronetta (Roger) Shoemaker of Gould City, Kelly Long of FL, Alan (Tonya) Jones of Ozark, Steve (Danielle) Jones of ID, Nathan (Kelly) Jones of Kinross and Tracy (George) Martindale of Gould City. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Calvary Bible Church in Engadine on Wednesday August 8, 2012 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Funeral services will follow at the church at 4:00 pm with Pastor Dave Davis officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.