Jack Wilburn

Born: Fri., Jun. 14, 1946
Died: Wed., Apr. 15, 2020

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Jack Wilburn of Montezuma left this Big Game of Life to talk to the Big Man Upstairs on April 15, 2020.
Jackie Gene Wilburn was born June 14, 1946 in Clinton to Milton Leo Wilburn and Betty (Lewis) Wilburn.  He graduated with the Montezuma High School Class of 1964.  After working for the state highway department, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving four years, including two tours to the Mediterranean on a minesweeper, USS Avenge.  He later worked at Futurex in Bloomingdale and at Hercules/AET for fifteen years.  He also served as a great bartender at various times and places in the Parke County area.
He opened Jack’s Place at the Lyford “Y” on Groundhog Day, 1995.  Jack’s Place was known for Thursday cook-your-own steak nights, peanut shells on the floor, and “the coldest beer in town.”  He retired in 2008 and later enjoyed lunches out at local places and socializing.  He especially enjoyed a part-time job at Willy’s in Cayuga.
His family includes his wife, Laura Bury Wilburn, who he married February 14, 1987; his daughter, Jacqueline S. Wilburn of Clinton; two step-daughters, Lisa Bloesing and her daughter, Margit, and Julia Bloesing and her son Max; his mother-in-law, Helen Bury of Danville, IL; a brother-in-law, David Bury and family of Florida and Washington; nieces Jenny, Heather, Kinsey, nephews Brian and Kevin, and many family members he called “Cuz.”
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Susan Wilburn and Cathy Griffin, and his “Bro” Richard Wilburn.
Jack’s favorite movie was The Outlaw Josey Wales and he claimed the only book he ever read was The Power of Positive Thinking, which affected his whole life -- “Discover the happiness habit and life will become a continual feast.”
Jack believed “Every day’s a holiday and every meal’s a feast!” and he lived his life that way.  In his memory, please enjoy a holiday and a feast.  
No services are planned, but definitely there will be a celebration of his life!  If desired, please support organizations providing food to children and families and those affected by the current situation in our world.
“So dawn goes down to day.  Nothing gold can stay.”
Brown-Mack Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Ron and Vickie Clements
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
I know your dad was a great man and a wonderful father. He is now another one of your angels.

Love you

Julie Hunt
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss Laura! You will be in my thoughts during this difficult time!
Wish I could be there to give you a hug!

Mike Volk
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
Terribly sorry. Michael and Tracy Volk

penney beakler
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
so sorry for your loss i remember Jack from AET the bar Jacks Place great times there hugs to you Jackie and Laura its been many years since i have seen you both

Donna Crichfield
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
Condolences to Jacks family.
So sorry Jacki for your loss,we are praying for you.
Sending our love ❤️ Donna

Paul and Janey Cottrell
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
I worked with Jack at Hercules and we’re on the same shift...good times we had back then. My sympathy to his family as we remember him fondly.

Paul Bergeron
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
It was a pleasure to have known you ! Rest in Peace Jack 🙏🌈🥃

Barbara McNeill
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
Sorry for your loss Laura.

Barbara Pefley
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
Laura, I am so sorry. Jack was a very good friend. Shared lots of laughs together. Prauers and hugs

Shirley Brown
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
Jackie. I am so sorry. Losing your father is a sad time in your life that will be with you forever. I did not know him, but reading about him sounded like a man that I would like to know. You are considered one of our family of Lisa's friends and I want you to know how sad I feel and want to give you a hug to show my love when we meet again.

Myrna Jones Galbraith
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
We are sorry to hear of Jack's passing. May you feel God's love and strength in this difficult time.

Deborah Sanders
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
Jackie: So sorry for your loss. Love ya.

Shirley Thomas
   Posted Sun April 19, 2020
Dear Laura and Jack's Family: Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of this dear man that you all loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you and if I can be of any help during this difficult time, please let me know.

Betty Killebrew
   Posted Sun April 19, 2020
I don’t recall ever meeting this gentleman, but after reading his obituary I sure wish I had known him. My condolences to his family who will surely miss this interesting man.

Terry & Lorraine DeBaun
   Posted Sun April 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Knew all the Wilburn kids and the Bury kids of "good old Montezuma".. Your Family is in our thoughts at this time..

Lori Ashcraft
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
What a wonderful picture of Jack! I send my deepest sympathy to the family of Jack Wilburn. I pray God will give you strength and peace to get through the days ahead. God Bless you all!!

Lori Ashcraft

   Posted Tue April 21, 2020

I was so sorry to read about your Dad's passing. He must have been one "heck of" a great Dad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Sincerely, Julie

bill wittenmyer
   Posted Tue April 28, 2020
Jack and I entered the service (Navy) together. Haven't seen him in a number of years, but I know he will be missed by all.

Bill Wittenmyer

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