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Jack M. Pettigrew, 87, of Columbia City and for the past year and half of Auburn, passed away at 10:27 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Jan. 8, 1927, in Union Township, he was the son of Thomas Earl and Ella H. (Mossman) Pettigrew.
He graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1945. Two weeks after he graduated he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.
After 17 weeks of combat training he was sent to the European Theater and worked in a U.S. military hospital in Paris, France. Upon returning home in 1946, he went into partnership with his father and brother into farming and the production of hybrid seed corn and becoming co-owner of Pettigrew & Sonâ€™s Seed Corn Company, later becoming owner-operator of Pettigrew Seed, Inc.
His son Bruce became a partner, and for many years they farmed 1,500 acres in the production of Pettigrew Seed Corn.
On July 24, 1949, Jack married Garnet Adele Bridegam, at First Church of God. Jack and Garnettâ€™s family were Whitley County farmers for many decades.
He was a committee man with A.S.C.S. of Whitley County for 15 years and was sent to Washington D.C. on a task force meeting with A.S.C.S. on the national level.
He served as a member of the FHA Board of Directors and served on the Union Township Advisory Board, both for 3 years each. He was a member of First Church of God for more than 60 years, serving his church as a deacon, trustee, elder and board chairman.
His travels included almost all of the U. S., plus Hawaiian and Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, South America, Mexico, India, France and Germany.
Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Garnet Adele Pettigrew of Auburn; two sons, Alyn M.(Beth) Pettigrew of Auburn and Bruce E. (Janelle) Pettigrew of Berryville, Ark.; two daughters, Lorene A. (Neil) Perry and Lisa M. (Chris) Hackworth both of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one sister, Marie Geiger of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastors Johnny McCallister and Brandon Holler officiating. Burial will follow at Coesse Lutheran Cemetery. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by the Whitley County Korean War Veteranâ€™s Honor Guard.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Pettigrew to First Church of God, Columbia City. To send condolences, log on to www.demoneygrimes.com.