Jack Carter Petty passed away on Aug. 1, 2014, at Hospice House. He was born on April 16, 1921, in Pratt, to Joe A. and Florence Wolcott Petty. He graduated from Pratt High School in 1939 and National Trade School in Kansas City, Mo., where he studied architectural drafting.
During World War II, Jack was proud to have served our country as a member of the 8th Army Air Force, 305th Bomb Group in England, Germany, and France. He was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart.
On Oct. 20, 1946, he married the love of his life, Lorene Alice Harbison, in Garner, Iowa. She survives.
His career as an architectural draftsman began in Garden City, and continued in Hutchinson with the firm of English, Miller, Hiett, Hockett, Dronberger, Arbuckle, Walker and McLain now known as Landmark Architects. He retired in 1985.
He enjoyed many hobbies including the authentic restoration of a 1929 Model A Ford (driven to surrounding towns with friends and to Iowa and back), amateur radio operator, electronics/ computers, and woodworking. He built a life-sized playhouse for his young daughters and another for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and crafted many gifts for family members and friends. He was an avid golfer and gardener.
He was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson.
Jack is survived by his wife, Lorene; daughters, Patricia Enlow and husband Al, of Coppell, Texas, and Judith Willems and husband Gordon of Hutchinson; brother, James E. “Gene” Petty of Augusta; three grandchildren, Steven Enlow and wife Kendall of Round Rock, Texas, Angela Willems Koehn and husband Craig of Montezuma, and Stefanie Willems of Hutchinson; and three great-grandchildren, John Enlow, Sage Enlow and A.J. Koehn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joe Wolcott Petty; sister, Florence Ellen Petty; sister-in-law, Betty Lou Petty.
Jack will be missed as a loving husband, father, brother, Grandpa, Great Papa, Grandpa Great, uncle, mentor and friend.
A private family graveside service will be held in Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt, with the Jim Rhaesa officiating. Military honors will be conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may sign the memorial book Sunday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family to receive friends Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. all at Elliott Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Hospice House all in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67502.