TAHLEQUAH – Graveside services for Jack Cary will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15, in the Tahlequah City Cemetery. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Jack Cary, long-time Tahlequah pioneer, died Sunday, March 10, 2013. He was born in Stonebluff on Feb. 11, 1918. He came with his parents, John and Ella to this area in a wagon in 1920. Jack graduated from Bagley High School in Tahlequah and attended Northeastern State University.
During World War II, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought with General George Patton’s Third Infantry Division, landing in North Africa in November 1942. He remained with Patton during the landing in Sicily in July 1943. Jack made his third combat beach assault in September 1943 in Salerno, Italy, and in the summer of 1944 made his final landing of the European campaign in France. He fought across France, and in April 1945 returned to the U.S. on his way to the Pacific Theater. Jack fought in New Caledonia and was a staff sergeant in the Philippines when the war in the Pacific ended.
Jack returned home to Tahlequah and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern and his master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He began his nearly 40-year teaching career in Washington state, then at McCarter Country School, and finally, for well over 20 years, at Sequoyah Elementary in Tahlequah. Jack taught thousands of kids in that time and liked to tell people he had taught doctors, lawyers and an Indian Chief, having taught Chief Bill John Baker in the 1960s. Throughout his long life Jack traveled extensively, visiting every state in the Union and many foreign countries.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sister, Edna Dittmar of Ruidoso, N.M.; and four generations of nieces and nephews.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.