Jack Lynch died on Aug. 14, 2014. He was 85.
Services will be at 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Lake of the Pines Clubhouse.
Jack was born John Hanson Lynch in Bloomington, Ill., on Feb. 23, 1929. He was the only child of Jewell Franklin Lynch and Dorothy Elizabeth Lynch. During the early years of his life, he lived in Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey. He moved to Tucson, Ariz., when he was 12.
In 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. at age 17 and served two years. Upon his return to Tucson, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. Soon after, he met Merilyn Tredway and they married on Oct. 21, 1949. Their first child, John Jr. was born June 1951. They transferred to the Whittier, Calif., post office in Oct. 1951. Their second child, Cheryl Anne was born Dec. 1954.
During the early years of his career, he worked as a mail carrier, in incoming and outgoing mail distribution, parcel post, finance, retail sales window and bulk permit section. He was promoted to supervisory level in 1965. The Whittier post office was a large sectional center organization with 500 employees and during the next few years, he held the position of mail processing supervisor, delivery supervisor, chief accountant and branch manager. He was promoted in 1977 to assistant postmaster and he held that position until his retirement in 1984. He served a total of 37 years.
Jack was a family man who loved his home. He and Marilyn and the children worked, played and traveled together while the children grew up. They were members of the First Christian Church in Whittier for 35 years.
Jack and Merilyn loved to travel and go sightseeing. For 20 years, after their children left home, they had several RV’s in which they traveled all over the U.S. Also, they traveled to Europe in 1980. Over the years, they enjoyed cruising and they sailed to the Caribbean, Mexico, the Panama Canal and Alaska.
In 1980, they bought a lot at lake of the Pines and built their home there in 1986. At Lake of the pines, Jack served on the aesthetic committee, long range planning committee, and the Channel 7 Television Committee during his years of residence. He has been a member of The Pinesmen and Sirs. He had served as a docent at the California State Railroad Museum for over 10 years. His interests have been oil painting, photography, gardening, music, automobiles, RV’s and numerous Churches, Calvary Bible Church, Crossroads Church and Auburn Grace Community Church since moving to the area. He was a lover of nature and enjoyed all God’s creations. He also enjoyed poetry.
He is survived by his wife, Merilyn of 64 years; his son, John H. Lynch Jr.; his daughter, Cheryl Anne Lynch; grandson, Brian Fitzgerald; granddaughter, Kristie Brackett and six great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Auburn Hospice, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11775 Education St. STE 201 Auburn, CA 95602.