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Walter Francis McCormack

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Walter Francis McCormack Jr., 91, of Spiceland, IN passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester, IN.

He was born March 28, 1929 to the late Walter and Lola (Wechter) McCormack.

Walter moved from New Castle to Spiceland when he was in 6th grade where he lived until moving to Timbercrest seven years ago.

His life has been an inspiration to his family and many others as he overcame polio at age sixteen and completed the Eagle Scout level as a teen. He then went on to have a career teaching English and math at Spiceland and Tri Junior-Senior High schools as well as freshman English at Ball State University. He has been a mentor to many and has received many awards and expressions of appreciation from family, students and colleagues for his wisdom, inspiration and guidance.

He was a member of the Spiceland Friends Church. His hobbies included reading, travel, family time and especially woodworking. He enjoyed refinishing antiques, caning chairs and making Shaker boxes.

He was married to the love of his life, Jo Ann (Coffin) McCormack for 68 years who died in 2019. He is survived by children, Frances “Frankie” (Gary) Dawson, Sally (Marc) Wilson, and Kevin (Roberta) McCormack; grandchildren Shannon Smith, Shelly Boone, Esther McDivitt, Aaron Dawson, Nathan Dawson, Sara Wilson, Ian Wilson, Tristram McCormack, Caitie McCormack; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister Martha McCormack.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Hinsey-Brown Brown Funeral Service in New Castle with Sid Martin officiating. Burial will be at Circle Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wilbur M Coffin Memorial Fund, c/o Henry County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 6006, New Castle, IN 47362.

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