John F. "Jack" Curl, 1940-2019

John F. “Jack” Curl, 79, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019 in his home, following an illness.

He was born on June 6, 1940 to the late Basil and Marjorie (Roberts) Curl in Kalamazoo, MI and was raised in South Bend, IN, before moving to New Carlisle, IN in 1961. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Widelski in 2009.

Jack graduated in 1959 from Central High School in South Bend, IN. He retired from Unifrax in New Carlisle, IN, where he worked as an Electrician since 1974.

On June 6, 1983 he married Ila M. (Wiltfong) Nickerson at the Community Church in New Carlisle, IN. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Ila M. Curl of New Carlisle, IN; two daughters, April Aguilera of Illinois; Tammy (Tim) Nigh of Shelbyville, IN; four sons, Daniel Curl of Mishawaka, IN; David (Genia) Curl of Fish Lake, IN; Donald (Linda) Curl of New Carlisle, IN; Douglas (fiancé Tricia Armstrong) Curl of New Carlisle, IN; two grandchildren that they raised, Brandon (Alyssa) Curl from Burlington, IA and Cody (Jessica) Curl from New Carlisle, IN; 20 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two sisters, Jean (Pete) Womer of South Bend, IN; Stella Gillen of Missouri; and one brother, Kenneth (Sally) Curl of South Bend, IN.

Jack was an U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #297, both in New Carlisle, IN. He was a Junior Achievement Instructor; Volunteer Fireman for the New Carlisle Fire Department for 13 years; and a Cub Scout Volunteer for over 45 years, where he was a Scout Leader for 17 years.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN and from 10 – 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, 300 Compton Street, New Carlisle, IN.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in New Carlisle, IN, with Pastor Kalvin Morrison officiating. Burial followed in New Carlisle Cemetery, where Military Honors were performed.

Memorial contributions may be made to: New Carlisle Fire Department, P.O. Box 89, New Carlisle, IN 46552; United Methodist Church, 300 Compton Street, P.O. Box 136, New Carlisle, IN 46552; or The Hospice Foundation, Supporting Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. To send online condolences, please visit

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