By The Mercury

John H. “Jack” Schmeal, Jr., 65, of Olsburg died Monday at the Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1949 in Newton, N.J., the son of John H. Schmeal Sr. and Helen Grabinski.  After graduating high school Jack joined the United States Army.  He served during the Vietnam War.  Jack earned the honor of being a Green Beret.  He had the honor of being a casket bearer at the burial of President Eisenhower.

After his service time Jack was very active in the American Legion.  He was a member of the American Legion Pearce Keller Post 17 in Manhattan.  Jack was the head of the color guard for the American Legion.  He also enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter in Olsburg.

He was a loving man who cared for his family.  Jack enjoyed being around his friends and family visiting. He also enjoyed living on the farm and working hard at the daily chores that is part of farm life.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife Connie Ivy Schmeal.

Survivors include his six sons: Michael Ahstedt, Stephen Ahstedt, Travise Schmeal, Michael Schmeal, Josh Schmeal, and Ryan Schmeal; his daughter, Katlynn Schmeal; his mother, Helene Beam; his four sisters: Kathy Smith, Margaret Kelly, Rosemary Schmeal, and Lisa Gilliland, and his brother, Jimmy Bencivengo.  Additional survivors include his 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 5-7 p.m. on March 10 at the American Legion Pearce Keller Post 17, 114 McCall Road, Manhattan, Kansas.

Cremation will follow the visitation and private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorial funds in memory of Jack are suggested to the Jack Schmeal Memorial Fund.  Contributions may be left at the Farmers State Bank or also in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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