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After the war, Jack served a three-year stint as manager of Ken's Pizza in Edmond, leaving in 1976 to establish Briteway Window Cleaners, crafting it into a successful business to this day.
Besides his wife Ellie, two of Jack's other loves revolved around landscaping and hanging out with a select group of "senior cronies" from his Lone Star school days. Whether at monthly gatherings (Johnnie's) or via facebook, Jack was in his glory regaling in stories from those halcyon days and beyond. To his last breath, Jack held a special bond of love and loyalty for these close friends and treasured their times together. At family events, Jack possessed a dry wit for story-telling (sometimes at some unfortunate family member's expense!) and knack for off-the-cuff quips that kept our gatherings lively. We'll truly miss those special times together.
Jack was also blessed with a passion (obsession!) for planting and landscaping all manner of plant life which afforded him hours of heavenly solace, especially during life's trials of his later years. Today his yard is a monument of beauty and symmetry where every square inch is lovingly utilized. In fact, so passionate was Jack concerning the perfect placement of all his plantings that reliable witnesses recount how Jack lay tossing and turning one night before finally getting up in the wee hours to uproot and then replant a small tree because it didn't meet his high standards of balance and symmetry. (Perhaps the blame for this obsessive and peculiar behavior rests with Wayne, Jacks dear friend and botanical mentor.)
Jack's most important legacy will be that he brought glory to God by having exemplified his love for Christ as his Lord and Savior, bequeathing this testimony to his precious children, grandchildren and friends alike.
The family is deeply appreciative of Ted, Jack's bosom friend who was a constant and calming force during his last days.
Jack is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ellie Marie Marchese; daughter, Shannon Branson and her husband Travis; son, Joe Marchese; daughter, Katie Marchese; 12 grandchildren: Kevin, D.J., Troy, Conner, Kristi, Chance, Devin, Megan, Joel, Jaden, Johnna and Jayce; brother, Alan Marchese; sister, Louise Miller and her husband Carl; brother, Howard Marchese; sister, Irene Cunningham and her husband Mike; brother, David Marchese and his wife Tracy; sister, Christina Reese and her husband Steve; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be
4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation service, Edmond.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Spring Creek Assembly of God Church with burial to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.
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