John W. Secor
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John W. Secor
He was born Jan. 12, 1932, at home in Jimtown, to Hazel Burley (Heffner) and William Henry Secor Sr.
John loved to learn and pursued degrees in education, obtaining a bachelor's degree from Bethel College, master's degree and certification in school administration from Indiana University and a specialist in education degree from Ball State University.
He began his teaching career at Jimtown High School in 1955. In 1964, he accepted the position of elementary principal at New Paris and Millersburg in the Fairfield Community School District. In 1985, he moved to Greensburg, where he was principal at South Decatur Elementary School until 1997. Moving back to Elkhart, he became a supervisor for student teachers at Bethel College and Indiana University, South Bend. He also was a minister serving Nazarene churches in Nappanee, Syracuse, LaGrange and Ligonier.
He married Betty Carol Miller of Goshen June 24, 1951. They have four children, Brian (Sharon) Secor, Roanoke, Blain (Cindy) Secor, Spokane, Washington, Velinda Secor, Indianapolis, and Valerie (Mark) Natvig, Lawler, Iowa. John and Betty have five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Gary (Judy) Secor, Elkhart.
John was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd. Elkhart, where funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Pastor Larry Sonnenberg will officiate.
Interment will follow at Olive East Cemetery, 61081 C.R. 3, Elkhart.
Memorial donations may be made to Faith Mission of Elkhart or Baugo Lions Club.
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