John Daniel Mack, 78, of Lucien passed peacefully from this life on November 30, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Perry and a service celebrating his life will be held at 10am on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Lucien United Methodist Church with burial following at McGuire Cemetery in Lucien. Public visitation will be held from 9am to 8pm on Thursday at Palmer Marler Funeral Home 203 Fir Street in Perry.
John was born on January 18, 1937 in Bison, OK to Harry Herman and Rose Marie (Rinkemeyer) Mack. He was raised and attended school in the Hayward community, graduating from Hayward High School in 1955. In 1957, John married the love of his life, Alice Marie Goe and they spent 58 amazing years by each other’s side. Following high school, John began farming and he continued to farm land in Noble County as both a career and hobby throughout his adult years. He raised cattle, wheat and barley on his farm and also raised and broke horses for local “shodeo’s and play days.”
In 1959, John joined the US Army Reserves. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and was also stationed in Fort Riley, KS. After several years of service, John received an honorable discharge and returned to Noble County to farm. John and his brother Lawrence Mack opened M&M Trenching in 1972 and John spent the next 33 years trenching rural water lines, SW Bell Telephone lines, and various other projects in Northern Oklahoma. John retired in 2005, which gave him more time to spend with his family and to rebuild tractors and other machinery.
John was a kind and generous man who was dedicated to his family, his church, and his community. He was a longtime member of the Lucien United Methodist Church where he served as the chair of the church’s building committee. He spent countless hours remodeling the church and building the current kitchen facilities. He was an active member of the Lucien Round-up Club and was a charter member of the Lucien Fire Dept. He also served on the Covington-Douglas School Board for over a decade.
John was also a talented carpenter and a skilled craftsman. He remodeled his garage to serve as a suitable living quarters for his aging parents and also assisted his children in building and remodeling their homes. John was a committed family man who was happiest when he was surrounded by his kids and grandkids. His orneriness and easy going demeanor made him easy to love and his positive attitude endured during his courageous health battles. John Mack was a selfless man who always put the needs of others before his own and he will truly be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings: Harold Mack, James Mack, Dorothy Horstman, and Judy Dick.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 58 years, Alice Mack. Three children: Tom Mack and wife Shelly, of Lucien; Cody Mack and wife Stacey, of Garber; Staci Reed and husband David, of Lucien. Three siblings: Mary Jo Benedetti and husband Frank, of Enid; Lawrence Mack of Lucien; Kay Hotson and husband David, of Sand Springs. Six grandchildren: Kaelyn Reed, Rhett Reed, Jessica McLain, Whitley Mack, Holt Nease, Maegen Horrock. He is also survived by 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, and other family members.
The family requests that donations be made to the Lucien United Methodist Church in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home 203 Fir Street. Perry, OK 73077
Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.perrycares.com .