John “Jack” Elwarner of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away Sunday, October 9th, 2016, at the age of 77, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jack enjoyed race-walking and biking, competing all over the world and taking home many first place awards, medals, and t-shirts. His love of exercise and nutrition defined who he was. He enjoyed biking the trails and the entire city of New Smyrna Beach while talking to anyone and everyone along the way. No one was a stranger to Jack. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and he loved to read Vietnam war books. He was a generous man who would stop to help anyone in need.
Jack was born on August 2nd, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA and was the son of the late John and Kathleen Elwarner. He grew up in Detroit where he graduated from Denby High School, Class of 1958. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. Jack married Donna (Poplawski) who preceded him in death. They raised their three loving children in Yale, Michigan. He later married Margaret “Peg” Gerada. Jack retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1994 at age 54 after 30 years of employment. Jack and Peg purchased their retirement home and moved to Florida in 2010 where he was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
He is survived by his loving wife, Peg and three children, Lynn (Leroy) Atkinson, Brian (Robin) Elwarner, Lori (Mike) Sullivan, as well as four grandchildren, Jack, Drew, Megan and Rebecca. He is also survived by step-daughters, Sally Juenemann and Brenda (Todd) Getz, step-granddaughter Savanna, and step-great-grandsons, Landon and Liam. Jack is also survived by his brother, Jim (Marilyn) Elwarner and his precious dog, Buttons “Pooker”.
A memorial service will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 11:00 am in New Smyrna Beach where family and friends will remember Jack and celebrate his life, followed by a luncheon. A second service will take place soon thereafter in Michigan. Memorial donations are requested to Wounded Warriors or American Heart Association.