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John Wilbur Catt
John Wilbur Catt, 89, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his residence in Nineveh.
He was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Indianapolis to Wilbur and Iva (Nuetzman) Catt.
He married Carol E. (Ross) Catt on Sept. 19, 1948. She survives.
Other survivors include their children, John Catt II, Chris Catt and Cyndi (Ken) Jenkins, all of Nineveh, and Linda (Bob) Porter of Brown County; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Floyd (Sue) Catt of Plainfield.
He was preceded in passing by his parents; and a sister, Evelyn Dininger.
John was a graduate of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He served proudly in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1943 as a sergeant engineer during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
John began his working career as a crane operator, setting steel for many significant buildings and structures in Indiana. He also set up a shop at his home in Prince’s Lakes as a cabinet/furniture maker. He later moved into car sales, working for Vandivier Ford in Franklin. During that time, he sold the first Ford Mustang in Johnson County. He later worked for Smart & Perry Ford in Greenwood and then at Kelly Ford in Franklin.
He began a career in the lumber industry, purchasing the old lumber yard and hardware “Barn” in Prince’s Lakes. It was known as John’s Trading Post for several years. He later served the Sweetwater/Prince’s Lakes community as a homebuilder and contractor until he retired in 2000.
John was affectionately known for his white hair and hence was nicknamed the “Snow Catt.” John was known for his love of Christmas, enjoying being surrounded by all of his family. He enjoyed working with his flowers and watching the hummingbirds.
Pastor Michael Johnson and Pastor Paul Taylor will conduct a celebration of life memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Crossing Church, 8728 S. Nineveh Road, Nineveh. Friends may call from 3 until the time of service Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Nineveh Cemetery.
Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at flinnmaguire.net.
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