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August 26, 2013

John C “Jack” Flispart, 83; New Albany

— John C “Jack” Flispart, 83, New Albany, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services.

  Born Sept. 18, 1929 in New Albany to the late John P. and Mary Flispart, he attended St. Mary’s School and formerly attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a graduate of New Albany High School in 1947 and attended the New Albany Business College. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. He was a devoted husband and supportive father and beloved “Uncle Jack” to his 17 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was a retired union railroader with the Norfolk and Southern Railway (formerly the K & I Terminal Railroad) and was a 50 plus year member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and IU fan and a lifelong golfer who passed his passion for the game to his children and grandchildren. He was a volunteer for the LifeSpan Meals on Wheels program through Mark Elrod Towers. Jack was a man of towering outer and inner strength, with a quiet but steely integrity. He knew what the “rules” were supposed to be, and would fight to defend what was right against bureaucrat, boss or politician when he saw the need. He never refused help to those who needed it, especially his family. He was loved and respected by all who knew him, and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Flispart and his wife, Cora, and Dennis Flispart and his wife, Jeri Ann,; daughter, Carol Sue Flispart and her companion, Joy; four grandchildren, Tina Ahlgren and her husband, Dan, Amanda, Joey and Kevin Flispart, and sister-in-law, Barbara Flispart.   

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Norma Sluder Flispart, his brothers: Jim (Dorothy) and Bill Flispart, his sister, Margaret Flispart, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Louis “Skip” and Betty Sluder Wolf, nephew, Mike Wolf and brother-in-law, Richard Sluder.

 The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers at Floyd Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Grief, Autumn Woods and Hosparus who helped Dad in his last weeks of life. Special thanks to his friends/extended family in the “Social Club”, choir and euchre nights at Mark Elrod Towers and to St. Marks United Church of Christ and St. John’s Presbyterian Church for prayers and support.

Per Jack’s wishes, cremation was chosen with no funeral visitation to be held. His cremated remains will be interred privately at St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.

  Arrangements have been entrusted to Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes, Oak Street Chapel, New Albany

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to LifeSpan Resources, Hosparus, Crusade for Children or the church or charity of choice.

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