Jack N. Worland, 90, passed away Thursday, October 08, 2020 at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation Center, Franklin, Indiana. Born on April 15, 1930, in Shelbyville, Indiana, he was the son of the late H. Paul and Emily (Neu) Worland. He married Betty L. Cole on September 28, 1951. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2019. Jack always sought to be a positive influence to his family by his continual encouragements to pursue the desires of our heart.
His most cherished career accomplishment came when he was appointed Director of Defensive Driving by former Commissioner Ralph VanNatta of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Following his years with the BMV, Jack served as President of the Jack Worland Professional Driving Improvement Courses. Inc. During this time he served as a member of the National Safety Council where he was recognized with numerous awards including the instructor of the year.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Robin A. Carmony (Robert) of Shelbyville; son, Randall J. Worland (Elizabeth) of Carmel; sister, Donna Sue Toll (Bryan), Zephyr Hills, Florida; grandchildren, Brooke Donley (Michael) of Fishers; Matthew Decker of Ellettsville; Paul Worland, Emmy Worland, Chloe Worland, Maddie Worland and Ryle Worland all of Carmel; great-granddaughters Tatum Donley and Eden Worland.
Jack proudly served as manager of the 1947 Shelbyville High School State Basketball Championship team. After graduating in 1948, Jack served as plant manager of Plymate’s Laundry; owned and operated Jack Worland’s Fine Sandwiches; served as an insurance agent, automobile salesman, and real estate broker until becoming Shelbyville’s Republican candidate for Mayor in 1975. The margin of 121 votes still remains the closest mayoral race in our city’s history.
A private graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery officiated by his son. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County United Fund, 126 North Harrison Street, Shelbyville, Indiana, 46176.