OWOSSO - Jack Carl Bignall, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Jack was born in Owosso, Mich., Feb. 19, 1930, to Carl and Grace (Stockwell) Bignall, who preceded him in death. He attended Owosso Public Schools graduating in 1948. He joined the Air Force in September 1948, and served until August 1952. He married Charlotte Rigling in 1953.
He began studies at Michigan State College in 1953 and graduated in the spring of 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He took his first teaching job with Kalkaska Public Schools in the fall of 1956. Jack continued his education and in March of 1962 he received his master of arts degree. He was with Kalkaska Public Schools from 1956 to 1970 where he taught, coached, and started the first Guidance and Counseling Department for the school system. He became the first middle school principal in 1964, serving in that position until 1970. He accepted a job in Gladstone, as the high school principal, serving until his retirement in 1985.
While in Gladstone he was a member of the Rotary Club and served as president, represented the Class AB schools of the Upper Peninsula in the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and was chairman of the U.P. Secondary Principals Association.
Jack Carl Bignall
His wife Charlotte passed away in 1980 and after his retirement in 1985 he moved back to Owosso and married Hanora (Hannah) Weeks in the spring of 1986. Jack was a fisherman and hunter in his earlier years and became an avid golfer belonging to The Bluff Country Club, The Owosso Country Club, and Twin Brooks Golf Club in Chesaning. Jack was a life long Detroit Tigers and MSU Spartan fan.
Jack is survived by his wife, Hanora (Hannah); daughters, Susan (Steve) Dupay, Kathy (Rex) LaMore, Mary Chris (John) Moore; and son, James (Lisa) Bignall; stepsons, Mark (Jill) Weeks, and Doug Weeks; grandchildren, Bradley, Jonathan, and Alexander (Cori) Dupay, Ross, Gabriel, and Elise LaMore, Riley Moore, Emma Bignall; and his beloved cat Boots.
A memorial service will be held at Nelson House Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 7, visitation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Memorial Healthcare Hospice or the Shiawassee County Hospice House.