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Jack Dale Stilwell

March 3, 1939 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Jack Stilwell Obituary

Jack D. “Fast Jack” Stilwell, sped into this world on March 3, 1939, and peacefully passed under Genesis Hospice Care on Jan. 5, 2024.

He was the first born son of Dale F. and Verna L. (Riggle) Stilwell. Jack graduated from Zanesville High School in 1957 and immediately went to serve his country in the United States Army. He was enlisted from 1957-1964 including serving in the Army Reserves. Jack married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean Barron on Valentine’s Day in 1958. He worked in a couple different places until he was able to create his own business, Buckeye Carriage Works, where Jack was able to use his meticulous skills to do body work, engine work, and engine machining. His inquisitive mind was always at work, trying to find out all he could learn. Once computers were readily available, they provided Jack with even more ways to figure things out.

“Fast Jack” was well known throughout the area for building racing engines where he spent endless hours fine tuning and crafting until they were just perfect, rightfully earning his nickname of “Fast Jack”. Many of the engines and race cars he built took the checkered flag on Friday or Saturday night at area speedways. Jack built both drag cars and dirt track cars where he and his son were able to spend hours enjoying Jack’s passion for racing. This “need for speed” trait has certainly traveled through the bloodlines to his grandsons and great-grandchildren. 

Jack had numerous interests besides racing. His love for music most likely began by working in a local music store and was demonstrated as he played drums and piano in a few different groups that often played local clubs. Jack could often be found hanging out at Zanesville Municipal Airport with his EAA Vintage Chapter 22 friends, cruising the Buckeye Lake area, traveling to get a “bite to eat”, cruising the pits and watching races at Muskingum County Speedway or other area tracks, supporting his “Shirley Ann” at Art Shows, and most recently trying to master the art of flying remote control airplanes. Jack lived a life full of numerous adventures and enjoyed his life to the fullest. 

He spent the last 18 months of his life courageously battling numerous cancers and was willing to do whatever it took, because in his words “he still had lots of living left to do”. 

Jack is survived by his sister: Judi Stilwell Martino of California, Son: Jeff (Kathy) Stilwell, Grandsons: Jeffrey (Sarah), Jed (Jackie) and Jensen Stilwell, Great-grandchildren: Braxton, Archer, Lawson, and Kaleaha Stilwell. Bonus Great-grandchildren: Walker and Gracie Alman. He is also survived by nieces: Alison Martino, Lindsey and Abbey Stilwell, nephews Travis (Chelsea) Stilwell, and Rick, Mike, and Randy Eppley as well as many cousins.   In addition, Jack is survived by his longtime companion: Shirley Lumbatis, her children: Patricia (Kenny) Bright and Jason (Jo) Lumbatis, as well as her grandchildren: Jamie Bright and Andrew Lumbatis. Shirley was a dedicated caregiver and never left Jack’s side during his illness for which Jack’s entire family is truly grateful! 

Preceding Jack in death are his parents: Dale and Verna Stilwell, his brother: Jim, his wife: Donna Jean, two daughters: Anne (deceased at birth) and Jacqui. He is also preceded in death by numerous friends and extended family members. 

Per Jack’s request, a caring cremation will take place and no services will be held. There will be a celebration of Jack’s life at a later date. Memorial donations should be made to Genesis Hospice.

DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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