Born on September 9, 1931 in Terre Haute, Indiana, John Carl Kackley loved his family, dear friends and humanity with an open and flexible heart, satirical wit, and high expectations that demanded one rise to the occasion. He possessed an imperious manner that allowed him to utter the word "No" with authority and impunity. If he realized he came across as rude, he would make the addition of "No thank you."
For forty years he was a psychologist for Pinellas County Schools in Clearwater, Florida. He was present during the desegregation of schools and went on to create PASS, Positive Alternatives to Student Suspension, that was nationally acclaimed and improved the lives of students across the country.
A 1950 graduate of Garfield High School, John was a freshman at Indiana State University, and concluded that a stint in the Coast Guard was needed. A proud veteran, he returned to ISU and completed both a baccalaureate and master's degree in the early '60s. He went on to be a lifelong supporter of his ISU and was a member of the President's Society. He had a special place in his heart for dogs and cats. At one time he had a tribe of over 10 "kitties" and Sheba his beloved Doberman. Sheba was followed by Shasta, another spoiled and loved "Dobie."
He was the family historian and storyteller, and was dearly loved by his family and friends.
He is predeceased by his loving parents, Dwan and Dorothy Kackley; sister and confidant, Carolyn Kackley Sweeting; and brother-in-law Arthur Sweeting. He is survived by his brother Richard Kackley and wife Jeri, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends who are scattered across the country and the world. John was a mentor and inspiration to many of his family members and friends.
A memorial service, followed by interment at Roselawn Cemetery, will be held on Saturday, June 27th at Greiner Funeral Home in Terre Haute, Indiana. Visitation and a service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn for family and friends beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m.
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