Jack A. Handwerk

August 24, 1929 ‒ August 10, 2015

Edison, Ohio

Jack A. Handwerk, age 85, of Edison, passed away on Monday afternoon, August 10, 2015, at the Morrow County Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born on August 24, 1929, at his family home in Mount Vernon, to the late Carey R. and Madge W. (Shellenbarger) Handwerk. Jack graduated from Utica High School in the class of 1947. Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. Jack served his country while stationed in Germany as an engineer during the Korean Conflict.

On January 14, 1978, Jack married Hazel D. Stedman at the Edison United Methodist Church.

Over the years Jack has truly been a “Jack of all trades”. He worked 22 years for the Cooper-Bessemer Corporation as a machinist. Jack worked for Ohio Paving driving trucks for roadway construction throughout the state. He even was a farmer and raised hogs at one time. Jack eventually retired from Ed Ross Construction as a carpenter after 14 years of dedicated hard work.

Jack was generous in any way he could help. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed woodworking, reading, and cooking. Over the years Jack often donated or gave away a majority of his produce to his church and friends. He also made many minced meat pies for the church. For many years, Jack and his wife would go to the Delaware Cemetery before Memorial Day and check and make sure each Veteran had a flag. He was also a past member of the Edison Council and current member of the Am Vets Post 104. Most of all, Jack enjoyed his family. Especially his grandkids and all of the various sports activities he attended.

Jack is survived by his wife, Hazel; children: Pam Pruett, Jan Tobin, Diane Belcher, and Gary Handwerk; step-children: Roy Mullins, David Brey, Carol Holt, Jake Brey, Sam Brey, Jim Brey, and Georgann Kneipp; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers: Ivan and Harry Handwerk; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers: Wayne and Owen Handwerk.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at NOON, at the First Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main St., Fredericktown, OH 43019, with Pastor Christine Burns officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to the Children’s Hospital or Morrow County 4-H Club.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jack’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Hazel, Georgann & Chris, our deepest sympathy is with your whole family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • Pam, Jan, Diane, and Gary:

    Thoughts of sympathy to you and your families at the loss of your Dad.

    Roger Marra

  • Hazel & family, I’m so sorry for the loss of Jack. Hazel, if you need anything at all, please call me. You have my number & I’m only down the street. I will be at the Memorial Service on Saturday.

  • Georganne and Chris we are sorry for your loss. We wish we could be there with you at this time, but we are unable to travel that far. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families at this time. Love Pat.