- March 23, 2017
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
of Jack's Passing
Share This Obituary
Arrangements made by
D O McComb and Sons - Lakeside Park
Memories & CandlesPrevious
“It was a very lovely Service for my Dad last Saturday, April 1st. I believe he would have been very humbled indeed! Thank you to all who attended...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Joanna Spindler-Johnson - Denver, CO
“Rest in peace , send my condolences, wonderful teacher will be missed
2 of 11 | Posted by: Gale Warner - student
“You will be missed by us all, Jack.May your memory forever be a blessing.
3 of 11 | Posted by: Lynn Tribolet - Fort Wayne, IN
“I was saddened to hear of Jack's passing. I so enjoyed meeting him when he was on the Rehab Unit and had many enjoyable conversations with him. He...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Ann Bausser - Fort Wayne, IN
“I worked with Jack in the FWEA and ISTA. He was a great man and did so very much for our profession. You are all in my prayers.
5 of 11 | Posted by: Linc Record - Auburn, IN
“A true gentleman and friend. Jack was an advocate for public education and worked tirelessly to elect legislators who shared his strong passion....Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Damon and Rosemary Moore - Muncie, IN
“I knew Jack through both the Bob Leiman Toastmasters Club and Democratic Party, the latter where he was my mentor. He was always a true gentleman. ...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Marlene Purdy - Fort Wayne, IN
“Jack was a strong advocate on many issues. His perspective and objectivity was important to him
8 of 11 | Posted by: ALLEN LAUER. SR - Ft Wayne, IN
“It is with our deepest sympathy we say goodbye to our dear friend, Jack Spindler! His steadfast spirit and warm smile will ever be part of our...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Mayor Tom and Cindy Henry - IN
“I knew Jack through the Indiana State Teacher's Association. His dedication to public education earned him respect from educators all around the...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Phyllis Largey - South Bend, IN
“A tireless worker for teachers and education. Jack will be missed.
11 of 11 | Posted by: Ken Richardson - Fort Wayne, IN
Jack Douglass Spindler, 84, passed March 23, 2017. Born in Harlan, IN, he was the son of the late Douglass K. and Vivian (Roller) Spindler. Jack loved learning; he graduated valedictorian from Harlan High School in 1951, completed his BA at Indiana University in Bloomington, and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education & Administration. As a result of conscription in the late 1950's, Jack served in the US Navy and was based in California for three years. Later, he worked overseas for the Department of Defense Schools System where he taught for three years in France (region of Brittany and city of Orleans) and three years in Germany (cities of Augsburg and Nuremberg). Jack then transferred to Japan, and thrived in the unique and beautiful culture of the Far East while working as Principal of the Johnson Airbase Middle School. Upon returning to Indiana, Jack worked as an educator with the Fort Wayne Community Schools from 1969 to 1999. During this time, he actively served as a Delegate and then as President of the Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA). His contributions included ardent advocacy for teacher rights at the county, state, and national level. Jack became especially active during his working life as a community activist and frequent volunteer. He was a lifetime member of the National Education Association (NEA), served on the board of directors for Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), and then Vice-President of the Indiana State Teachers Association Retired (ISTA-R). He also served as President of Fort Wayne's Democratic Luncheon Club and was a long-time member of the Bob Leiman Toastmasters Club #666. Always interested in politics, Jack volunteered for many years as an official election observer, and was a voter registration advocate. Jack frequently contributed to the Journal Gazette and News Sentinel as a guest editorialist. Jack was a member of downtown's First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder. He was also very interested in supporting Fort Wayne's cultural organizations. Jack appreciated theater, fine arts, public radio and public television. Jack was an avid reader and in his many years as a public-school educator Jack's favorite quote, which he shared with his many students, was, "Reading is not just for education, it is for pleasure as well". Surviving are his daughter Joanna Franziska (Christopher Johnson) of Denver, CO, his brother Jerry (Shirley) of Harlan, IN, his former wife Diana of Fort Wayne, his nephews Jerry Lee (Rose) of Harlan and Brent (Janet) of Monroeville and families. Jack Spindler will always be remembered lovingly for being a gentle, fine, intelligent and civic minded man. Service is 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with calling from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm. Burial in Harlan Memorial Cemetery, Harlan, Indiana. Memorials may be given in Jack's name to the First Presbyterian Theater and the Allen County Democratic Party. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.