He was born in Metcalf, Ill., Feb. 8, 1948, the son of Elmer and Mabel (Starrett) Michael.
Jack graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1966.
In 1968, he joined the United States Army, where he served for two years, being honorably discharged in 1970.
Jack worked for Arketex and CBS before gaining employment at Great Dane, where he worked for 18 years.
He was a member of the Clay City American Legion Post 225.
In his younger years, Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
More recently, he enjoyed playing on the computer, researching family genealogy and spending time at the American Legion in Clay City. Jack also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.
Jack will be remembered as a generous person who was always willing to help.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Mabel Michael and brother Larry Michael.
Jack is survived by his wife Janet Michael, Clay City, daughters Sherry (Dave) Lucas, Terre Haute, and Shannon (Don) Harlan, Jasonville, son Brian Michael, Clay City, grandchildren Billy (Chelsea) Lucas, Jarred Lucas, Seth Lucas, Ray Harlan, Kyle Harlan and Kacie Harlan, great-grandchildren Mason Lucas and Ava Lucas, sisters Patsy (Frank) Rader, Carolyn (Edgar) Branson, Alice (Chuck) Wools, Sandy (Bill) Black, Betty (Randy) Austin and Peggy Michael, brother Kenny (Tina) Michael, sister-in-law Janice Michael, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends Rod Short and Bill Butler.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Nov. 29, 2011, at 7 p.m., with Brother Jim Porter officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, from 4 p.m., until time of services.
At his request, cremation services will be provided and burial will take place at Calcutta Cemetery at a later date.
At the request of his family, casual dress is preferred.
If you would like, donations may be made to the Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 56, Center Point, Ind., 47840, in memory of Jack Michael.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.