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Jack Byrum

Jack M. Byrum, 84, of Franklin passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Franklin United Methodist Community.

He was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Indianapolis to Marion H. and Marjorie (Stoddard) Byrum.

He married Erma Jewell (Wilson) Byrum on April 8, 1950, in Indianapolis. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2010.

He was a general manager of laboratories for Eli Lilly and Company at the Clinton Laboratories and Elanco Plant in Dunderrow, Ireland, retiring in 1993 after 42 years of service. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin and a former member of First United Methodist Church in Clinton, where he and his wife were residents for 18 years.

He was a 1947 graduate of Southport High School and received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Franklin College in 1951. He was a member of the American Chemical Society. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of Union Hospital in Terre Haute where he chaired the committee for physician recruitment. He was a former Boy Scout Troop Leader and was the former Terre Haute District Lay Leader of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his children, Kathy J. Phelps (Dan) of Somerset, Kentucky, the Rev. David Byrum (Becky) of Muncie, and Douglas M. Byrum (Susan) of Brighton, Michigan; five grandchildren, Andrew Phelps (Ashley) of Rochester, New York, Emily Zvejnieks (John) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Libby Buck (Nick) of Indianapolis, Sarah Byrum and Rachel Byrum, both of Brighton, Michigan; three great-grandchildren, Emma Phelps, Kalan Phelps and Eleanor Buck; two brothers, William K. Byrum (Jody) of Lady Lake, Florida, and Joseph Byrum (Ann) of Cincinnati; and two sisters, Janice Howell of Carmel and Sandra Houston of Villages, Florida.

The Revs. Andy Kinsey and In Suk Peebles will conduct a service at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church 1300 E. Adams St., Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. till service time at the church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home, 515 West Camp St., P.O. Box 747, Lebanon, IN 46052, or at iumch@iumch.org, or the Indiana Rejuvenate Seminary Scholarship Fund in care of the Indiana United Methodist Foundation, 8401 Fishers Center Drive, Fishers, IN 46038-2318.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 317-738-0202.

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