Don Norman McIntire
Don Norman McIntire, 82, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his residence in Franklin.
Don was born on Oct. 23, 1929, in Whiteland, the son of Raymond Victor “Jack” and Delores Ellen (Brown) McIntire.
He married Henrietta Carroll on Feb. 4, 1950.
Don is survived by his loving daughter, Donna and husband, Rick Reel of Whiteland; sister, Jane and husband Bill Stotts of Indianapolis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in passing by his parents; wife, Henrietta, and brother, Wayne.
At the age of 9, Don carried the Franklin Evening Star when the cost for the newspaper was 9 cents a week and later went up to 12 cents a week. He had a terrible time collecting the higher rate.
At age 15, he and his brother were hitched to a plow to prepare a lot for potatoes to assist the war effort. His father was very proud to show his sons could do the work of oxen.
At age 21, he married his love, Henrietta Carroll.
He was a 1947 graduate of Whiteland High School where he played on the basketball and baseball teams. He attended Purdue University for two years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
The U.S. Army drafted him at the age of 23 where he went to instructor training school and taught engines and transmission repair in a 49-ton tank for two years at the Aberdeen Maryland Proving Grounds.
When he returned from the Army, Don became owner and operator of McIntire Garage until retirement at the age of 65.
A highlight of Don’s life was the car tips TV show with Don McIntire Garage on Channel 20 WFYI from 1981 to 1988 on Saturday mornings. The show was written, produced, directed and starred in by Don and his employee, Clarence “Whitey” White.
In 2000 he became the caregiver for his wife, Henrietta, who suffered with Parkinson’s.
He truly enjoyed three trips on the Mississippi River Boat, the Delta Queen.
Don loved having his “big meetings” of friends and buddies at Bob Evans Restaurant in Franklin.
He was a life member of Whiteland United Methodist Church. He was a 4-H tractor maintenance leader for 30 years. He belonged to Mr. D’s customer panel.
A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Whiteland United Methodist Church, 359 Main Street, Whiteland, IN 46184.
Online condolences may be received at www.flinnmaguire.com