Jack E. Swope passed away at his home on June 16, 2019. He was born in Indianapolis on March 31, 1927 to Charles and Agnes Swope. Jack was a Korean War veteran serving proudly as an Army Staff Sargent. He was married to Thelma (Query) Swope for 57 years, who preceded him in death on July 13, 2010. Together they owned and operated two very successful businesses in Cloverdale, The Clover Queen Drive-in, and Swope Realty and Auction Company. Jack is survived by his daughters, Joyce Champ of Copperas Cove, Texas , and Jacki (Ron) Secrest of Quincy, five grandchildren, Taylor (Patrick) Neal, Sonnet (Daniel) Marr, Jake (Kala) Secrest, Lee Secrest and Max Secrest; as well as three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his long term caregiver, and best friend, Leah Lynn Moy of Cloverdale. Jack was well known throughout the community not only as a stellar businessman, but also as a daredevil who spent his free time chasing adventures around the world. He was one of the 1st licensed skydivers in America. He built an airport on his property in Cloverdale where he and Thelma enjoyed flying family and friends all over the country in one of his many airplanes. He became known for his fantastic feats over the years, most famously as the Uncle Sam who carried the World’s largest skydiving USA flag attached to his leg during jumps. The green and white Swope Realty hot air ballon was a fixture in the Owen and Putnam county skies for more than a decade. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2019 at Whitaker Funeral Home, 201 N. Lafayette St., in Cloverdale, with family friend Jeff Davis officiating. Interment is at Cloverdale Cemetery. Jack will be honored with a full military service at this time. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019. He will be honored near the end of this viewing at 7:30 p.m. by his Brethren from the Cloverdale Masonic Lodge #132.
Jack requested that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cloverdale American Legion Post 281 at 501 S. Main St. Cloverdale, IN 46120.
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