Jack Mucia, 86, passed away on September 26, 2018

Jack Mucia, 86, passed away on September 26, 2018 at his home with his family. Jack was born December 3, 1931to Frieda (Palkowski) and Frank Mucia.

The Funeral services will be held at St Bernards Catholic Church Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018, 10:30am. Visitation will be held at Starks & Menchinger Chapel on  Monday, October 1, 5:00-7:00, Elks service will begin at 7:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, it is Jack’s wish that donations be made to the Caring Circle (Hospice) and St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Elk’s #541 Major Project and Gold  Key Charites. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com

Jack married Djera (Jerry) Naylor November 3, 1951. Jack was in the Navel Reserves, called into active duty on November 30, 1951, serving aboard the USS Beltrami until October 1953.

Jack graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1949 where he was very active in sports, playing football and baseball. This awarded him a tryout with the St. Louis Browns.  Jack continued his baseball   endeavors, playing fast pitch for American Legion, Whirlpool and then playing with Plangger’s Furniture as a catcher for many years.  He played with Babe’s “pumpkin ball” team and coached or managed Little League, Babe Ruth or Connie Mack teams.

Jack worked at Whirlpool in the early years and retired from Indiana & Michigan Electric Company as a Marketing Representative after 32 years of service.

Jack was a member of St Bernards Catholic Church, American Legion Post #105, Loyal Order of Moose #1570, and a lifetime member at the Elks Lodge, spanning 60 years. He was Exalted Ruler of Benton Harbor Elks Lodge #544, 1968-1969, during the time the Elks was building the new lodge and golf course on Kerlikowski Road. He was ER a second time in 1987-1988, and an officer chair for 50 years previous to   theof St Joseph and Benton Harbor. He still enjoyed helping on Elks Projects and spending Friday night at the Elks with his friends.

In the late sixties and seventies, he was active with the Blossomtime Parade committee and helped keep the “Tiger” spirit alive with the   school reunions every five years. Jack enjoyed gardening, riding around on his mower, designing bird houses and personal signs. He loved the Cubs and Notre Dame and playing golf at Lake Michigan Hills.

Jack was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His friends and family will remember him best by his willingness to help others, his contagious smile, easy going personality, his use of practical jokes, and unwavering sense of humor.

Jack is survived y his wife Djera (Jerry), children Jack (Shari)Mucia, Benton Harbor, Deborah (Steve) Grammel of Greencastle, IN, Scott (Diane)Mucia, Stevensville; and grandchildren: Branden, Sydney, Erika, Zachary, Anthony, Adriana; and step grandchildren: Becky, Shaya, Jeremy, Tennille and Tiffany; and great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Collin; and step great grandchildren: Maddie, Jack, Catlin, and Joey. He is aslo survived by his sister, Rosalyn Podjan and cousin, Jim Fisher.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tony and brother in-law Art Podjan.

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