Jack Lane Winn

Obituaries in Stephenville, TX | Stephenville Empire-Tribune
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Graveside Services for Jack Lane Winn, age 95, of Irving, Texas will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Bettes Cemetery in Ivanhoe, Texas, which is a small country cemetery started by Beth’s family in the 1800’s, under the direction of Wise Funeral Home. Jack Lane Winn passed away quietly on April 26, 2022, from advanced kidney failure in a Plano hospital.

Jack was born September 3, 1926, in Huckabay, Texas, the youngest son of Fred Martin Winn and ZeaOla Merrill Winn. He spent most of his childhood in the Huckabee and Stephenville areas, where he attended public schools and graduated from Tarleton State. In 1945, Jack joined the Air Force and was fortunate to remain state side during his short military tenure. He served as an Air Traffic Controller, and his 15 mins of fame were spent bringing in Gen Eisenhower’s plane at a base in Kansas. It was also during this time that his older brother, Donald Naylor Winn, who was also in the Air Force, was captured in Germany and spent several months in a POW camp. Jack left the Air Force in December 1946, returned to Texas and taught school in the Midland area. In 1950, when his father died suddenly, he returned to Stephenville to live with his mother for a short time. Jack decided to go back to school and attended East Texas State Teacher’s College in Commerce Tx (now known as Texas A&M at Commerce), where he majored in History and graduated in 1952. There he was to meet Mittie Elizabeth “Beth” Parker, and they married May 31, 1952, in Bonham Tx. In 1952 Jack accepted an assistant manager position at the SMU Bookstore in Dallas, and worked alongside a dear family friend, Ruben Friou, for several years. Jack and Beth had 2 children – Elizabeth Jean and Dan Parker. In 1962 he accepted a job with East Texas State Teachers College, so the family relocated back to Commerce where he was very active in Lion’s Club and Rotary Club, and in later years The Coffee Club. In 1969, they built their retirement home on 7 acres just outside Commerce where he faithfully mowed, trimmed, hedged, whatever, no matter the heat, but it was their pride and joy. He eventually retired from ET, and over the years witnessed many changes to the school he loved so much. Jack enjoyed so many things in life … fishing, RV’ing, Cruising… While very active at ET in the 70’s, they would take their RV and faculty friends to every ET football game within driving distance. Those trips were evidently epic and whatever happened on the RV stayed on the RV! Beloved friends Jess & Janice King, the Drakes and the Faires introduced them to Cruising and that hook was set. After retirement, they developed a love of oceanic cruising where they traveled primarily aboard Holland America, crossed the equator several times, visited the penguins of Antarctica, the islands of Africa, passed through the Panama Canal more than once, and traveled across the Atlantic to Rome, The Vatican, Russia, and many more exciting places. One of their longer trips across the Atlantic resulted in Jack experiencing vertigo (due to rough seas) for the first time and he was convinced he had experienced a stroke! Jack was a member of the Methodist Church, and while not active, he was a devout follower.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Beth Winn, now residing in Plano at Wyndam Court Memory Care; his daughter Elizabeth Winn Stephens of Irving; his son Dan Parker Winn (wife – Ann Kelly Smith Winn) of Keller; and granddaughter McKayla Winn of Florida. He is also survived by a host of family members, cousins, and friends that he adored. Among special nieces and nephews were Donna Lane, Ralph Winn, Donna Jane, Dottie, and Diana (yep, most had double names), and last-but-not-least cousins Lanita and Auntie Mae. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Norma Jean Jones, and his brother Donald Naylor Winn.

In lieu of flowers or remembrance, please just pass on a hug to those you love.

Online guest register at www.wisefuneralhome.com

Posted online on April 29, 2022

Published in Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Service Information

Graveside Service

Bettes Cemetery in Ivanhoe, Texas
April 30, 2022 at 1:30 PM
Obituaries in Stephenville, TX | Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Obituaries in Stephenville, TX | Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Jack Lane Winn

Graveside Services for Jack Lane Winn, age 95, of Irving, Texas will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022 at Bettes Cemetery in Ivanhoe, Texas, which is a small country cemetery started by Beth’s family in the 1800’s, under the direction of Wise Funeral Home. Jack Lane Winn passed away quietly on April 26, 2022, from advanced kidney failure in a Plano hospital.

Jack was born September 3, 1926, in Huckabay, Texas, the youngest son of Fred Martin Winn and ZeaOla Merrill Winn. He spent most of his childhood in the Huckabee and Stephenville areas, where he attended public schools and graduated from Tarleton State. In 1945, Jack joined the Air Force and was fortunate to remain state side during his short military tenure. He served as an Air Traffic Controller, and his 15 mins of fame were spent bringing in Gen Eisenhower’s plane at a base in Kansas. It was also during this time that his older brother, Donald Naylor Winn, who was also in the Air Force, was captured in Germany and spent several months in a POW camp. Jack left the Air Force in December 1946, returned to Texas and taught school in the Midland area. In 1950, when his father died suddenly, he returned to Stephenville to live with his mother for a short time. Jack decided to go back to school and attended East Texas State Teacher’s College in Commerce Tx (now known as Texas A&M at Commerce), where he majored in History and graduated in 1952. There he was to meet Mittie Elizabeth “Beth” Parker, and they married May 31, 1952, in Bonham Tx. In 1952 Jack accepted an assistant manager position at the SMU Bookstore in Dallas, and worked alongside a dear family friend, Ruben Friou, for several years. Jack and Beth had 2 children – Elizabeth Jean and Dan Parker. In 1962 he accepted a job with East Texas State Teachers College, so the family relocated back to Commerce where he was very active in Lion’s Club and Rotary Club, and in later years The Coffee Club. In 1969, they built their retirement home on 7 acres just outside Commerce where he faithfully mowed, trimmed, hedged, whatever, no matter the heat, but it was their pride and joy. He eventually retired from ET, and over the years witnessed many changes to the school he loved so much. Jack enjoyed so many things in life … fishing, RV’ing, Cruising… While very active at ET in the 70’s, they would take their RV and faculty friends to every ET football game within driving distance. Those trips were evidently epic and whatever happened on the RV stayed on the RV! Beloved friends Jess & Janice King, the Drakes and the Faires introduced them to Cruising and that hook was set. After retirement, they developed a love of oceanic cruising where they traveled primarily aboard Holland America, crossed the equator several times, visited the penguins of Antarctica, the islands of Africa, passed through the Panama Canal more than once, and traveled across the Atlantic to Rome, The Vatican, Russia, and many more exciting places. One of their longer trips across the Atlantic resulted in Jack experiencing vertigo (due to rough seas) for the first time and he was convinced he had experienced a stroke! Jack was a member of the Methodist Church, and while not active, he was a devout follower.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Beth Winn, now residing in Plano at Wyndam Court Memory Care; his daughter Elizabeth Winn Stephens of Irving; his son Dan Parker Winn (wife – Ann Kelly Smith Winn) of Keller; and granddaughter McKayla Winn of Florida. He is also survived by a host of family members, cousins, and friends that he adored. Among special nieces and nephews were Donna Lane, Ralph Winn, Donna Jane, Dottie, and Diana (yep, most had double names), and last-but-not-least cousins Lanita and Auntie Mae. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Norma Jean Jones, and his brother Donald Naylor Winn.

In lieu of flowers or remembrance, please just pass on a hug to those you love.

Online guest register at www.wisefuneralhome.com

Posted online on April 29, 2022

Published in Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Service Information

Graveside Service

Bettes Cemetery in Ivanhoe, Texas
April 30, 2022 at 1:30 PM