Jack graduated from Park Hill High School, Class of 1964 and earned degrees from William Jewel College and Park University. He was a proud Veteran of the United States Army, where he served in Vietnam. Jack was a hard worker and had a long and rewarding career as a supervisor in the printing department at Metropolitan Community College. Following retirement, he worked along side his wife at their dry cleaning business, Sheila’s Dry Cleaners. Jack was elected Mayor of Northmoor on April 2, 2013, and served a two year term. He loved his family. He was a great husband, father and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoyed building things, tinkering around with his John Deere tractor and he restored several classic cars.
He married Sheila Jolliff on September 7, 1985. In addition to Sheila, survivors include their children: Joy Oldvader (Kevin) of Kansas City, MO, Janeen Wright of Northmoor, MO, David Kerr (Stephanie) of Northmoor, MO, Kelli Kerr (CJ) of Northmoor and Katy Hathaway (Kurt) of Smithville, MO; a brother, Mackie Newman (Barbara) of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Patricia “Cookie” Douthit of Northmoor; and his beloved grandchildren: JC, Sydnie, Emilie, Lexi, Mandie, Jaylyn, Addy and Gracie; and great grandchild, Guinevere.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Jack’s life at the Meyers Northland Chapel on Saturday, November 26, 2022. The visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the service following at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkville Veterans Memorial and may be left in care of the funeral home. Memories of Jack and condolences may be shared at Meyersfuneralchapel.com.