November 20 1936 September 24 2019
John Smythe “Jack” Grenier, 82, of Paragon, passed from this life of a suspected heartbreak, just 48 days after losing the love of his life. His passing was much like his beloved wife, in that he was surrounded by his loving family and in the comfort of his own home. Jack, as he was known, was born on Friday, November 20, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of three children and the only son born to the late John and Beverly (Smythe) Grenier. On July 5, 1955, Jack married his childhood sweetheart, Marilyn Francis (Mapes) Grenier in Michigan; she preceded him in death on August 7, 2019. Jack and Marilyn moved to Indiana in the mid 1960’s from Michigan and to Paragon in October 1969, making that their forever home. Prior to moving to Indiana, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country with bravery during the Korean War from March 23, 1954 until he was honorably discharged on October 21, 1957. He was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Ellettsville, Indiana; past president of the Morgan County Shrine Club; a member of the Gosport V.F.W. and the Masonic Lodge F & AM #74 in Martinsville. Jack was an extraordinary carpenter. He owned and operated his own construction company, Grenier Construction, for many years, building homes in the Carmel area, as well as, other locations around Indiana. He provided many people with jobs over the years, often to get them back on their own feet. He taught his craftsmanship and skills to countless people, many who continue utilizing Jack’s expertise and skills in their line of work yet today. His gift and trade centered around his love for wood, and the things he created. In addition to woodworking, he loved racing and anything that went fast! Jack was known to have frequent races in the back field where anyone and everyone with something to race would participate. He raced stock cars at the local Paragon Speedway for many years and passed this love down to his family. Jack especially loved NASCAR, and the Michigan track. He rarely missed a race on TV. He also owned and operated a small engine shop, where he enjoyed working on all types of engines with his son, John. Jack was a loving husband, father, papaw and brother. He treasured his wife and would do anything for her, his children and grandchildren in their time of need. He was a loyal friend and neighbor and was always willing to help others. No one’s needs were ever too big…. Whether in need of something built, needing to borrow money or a temporary job. He worked hard his entire life, even after retirement. He had a great sense of humor, admirable perseverance, remarkable strength and a gentle soul that will be dearly missed. Jack’s passing has left a void in the hearts of many including his son, John (wife, Michelle) Grenier; eight daughters, Suzie Rayl, Joni Parker, Jeri (husband, Joe) Stringer, Kim (husband, Bruce) Schwartz, Diane (husband, Floyd “Bubba”) Phillips, Lori Grenier, Brynn (husband, Todd) Hinton and Michelle “Mick” (husband, Larry) Wolfe; two sisters, Marlo Davidson and Brynn Grenier; twenty grandchildren, all of whom he had lovingly given individual and special nicknames; two step grandchildren and forty-six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father; mother and stepfather, Beverly and Roy VanDuzen and a son-in-law, Chuck Parker. Family and friends are invited to visit on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 4:00 -6:00 pm at Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in Martinsville. A service celebrating Jack’s life will be immediately following visitation at 6:00 pm at the funeral home and will conclude with military honors. He will be laid to rest in Friendship Park in Paragon following a private graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Grenier family online at www.nealandsummers.com
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of John Smythe Jack Grenier November 20 1936 September 24 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Martinsville, state: Indiana