- October 2, 1957 - January 5, 2009
- Indianapolis, Indiana
of John's Passing
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“It's been awhile brother. Not a day goes by without thinking about you. Sorry I wasn't a better friend. I miss you terribly. Hope you're fishing....Read More »
1 of 64 | Posted by: Doug Paynter
“I miss you my friend...
2 of 64 | Posted by: Copper - IN
I was stunned and saddened when I was told that John had passed away. I am so very sorry for you, Jordan, and Andrea. My heart goes out...Read More »
3 of 64 | Posted by: Michael J. Radosevic - WI
“My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved John. While there are no words to offer at a time such as this that would soften the difficulty of...Read More »
4 of 64 | Posted by: John Gardner - Fort Worth, TX
You were always the nice guy, the dependable guy, the right guy, the kind guy. The guy our whole family looked up to. I know we didnt see...Read More »
5 of 64 | Posted by: Cathy Avizu-Romo (Stein)
Dean and I never had a chance to meet or get to know your father but I can tell you this, if children are a reflection of their parents your...Read More »
6 of 64 | Posted by: Marianne & Dean - Indianapolis, IN
“Pam and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and hard times you are all going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
7 of 64 | Posted by: Valerie Karamanis - Indianapolis, IN
“To: The McCarrel Family:
May God help you thru this difficult time. You now know each of you have a piece of your heart already in Heaven.
I was a...Read More »
8 of 64 | Posted by: Betty Palmer - Indianapolis, IN
“"All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for...Read More »
9 of 64 | Posted by: Andrew & Mary Smith - Fttwn, IN
“Jeff and Cecelia,
Hang in there. There will be brighter days ahead. All of our grade school and high school contemporaries remember John as a...Read More »
10 of 64 | Posted by: Marty Gallagher - Dallas, TX
“I worked with John for many years helping him with his computer systems. That was the only time John ever asked for help. He always offered a...Read More »
11 of 64 | Posted by: Paul, Wendy & Reagan Rosner - IN
“Please know that the McCarrel and Mills families are in our daily prayers during this very sad and trying time.
So sorry we could not be at either...Read More »
12 of 64 | Posted by: Al & Molly Seidel - Indianapolis, IN
“John was a good friend and a great help to me over the years working with Proportion Air. He will be missed.
My thoughts are with his family. May...Read More »
13 of 64 | Posted by: Charlie Jett - Spokane, WA
“I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
14 of 64 | Posted by: Judy Chroniak - Indianpolis, IN
“To the McCarrel family:
We were shocked to hear about John's death. It was so unexpected.
We lost a great business friend and we will miss him very...Read More »
15 of 64 | Posted by: Ter Horst B.V. - Veldhoven
“To the McCarrel family, my prayers go out to you all.
16 of 64 | Posted by: Fred Cozza - Spokane, WA
“To the McCarrel family...I am so sorry for your loss. Like so many others, I worked with John at Logo 7. He was a pleasure to know; the line at the...Read More »
17 of 64 | Posted by: Lisa Kidwell - Indianapolis, IN
Today I was so sorry to hear of your husband's death. I hope you find comfort and peace as you work through your grief and daily living....Read More »
18 of 64 | Posted by: Lisa Lahey - Indpls, IN
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
19 of 64 | Posted by: Mike Murphy - Indianapolis, IN
“I had the priveledge and pleasure of working with John for many years at Logo. We all enjoyed many good times at the Raincheck. John will be missed...Read More »
20 of 64 | Posted by: Carol Valone - New York, NY
I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your children in my prayers.
21 of 64 | Posted by: Jenni Stedman - Noblesville, IN
“I was a classmate of John's at Latin School. My deepest sympathy and my prayers are with you as you go through these tough times.
God Bless you all...Read More »
22 of 64 | Posted by: Pat Starling - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Pam, I used to work for your father at National License and got to know you & your family very well. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of...Read More »
23 of 64 | Posted by: Julie (Wray) Ferrell - Whiteland, IN
“John was a good man. Very sad to see him pass.
Learned a lot from John at the old Logo 7. My sincere condolences to the family.
24 of 64 | Posted by: Mike Edison - Anderson, IN
“Pamela, Jordan Andrea, Our very deepest sympathy on the loss of John. He was more than a business colleague he was a friend we will miss very much....Read More »
25 of 64 | Posted by: Aidan Davy - Roscommon
“John was such a kind and generous man. We have lost a great friend and mentor. My prayers are with you all.
26 of 64 | Posted by: Dianna Moistner - new castle, IN
You and your entire family are in my prayers.
27 of 64 | Posted by: Rhonda Pullen - Indianapolis, IN
“A wonderful man to my son.
How can I convince him that you are on the other side - the wonderful side of eternity...
28 of 64 | Posted by: Madelyn Toler - Fishers, IN
“john i will miss you very much
29 of 64 | Posted by: TERRY GANNON - fortiville, IN
You were by far the greatest man we have ever known. The greatest friend a man could ever have. I will miss the times hunting and fishing with...Read More »
30 of 64 | Posted by: Jim and Melissa Gambrel - muncie, IN
“You were there.
Through good times and bad times You were there.
You were always there for me and as you were always there for others when anything...Read More »
31 of 64 | Posted by: Ron Bland - Indpls, IN
“Thaks for everything, you will be saddly missed.
32 of 64 | Posted by: Bonnie J Seaman - IN
“To the family of John, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you all.
Love Patty B.
33 of 64 | Posted by: Patty Baker - Tullahoma, TN
“I have alot of wonderful memories of John. I will always cherish my times enjoying John's conversation. I first met John as being a co-owner of the...Read More »
34 of 64 | Posted by: Dave Simon - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Pam and family,
I worked with John at Logo 7 many years ago. Shared some fun times @ work and the Rain Check as well.
I would like to...Read More »
35 of 64 | Posted by: Nancy Skillman - Indianapolis, IN
“Thinking of you at this difficult time. You will be in my prayers.
36 of 64 | Posted by: Susan Keck - Indianapolis, IN
“Pam, Andrea and Jordan,
We love you so much and grieve with you. We are so grateful for your friendship and the time we had with John. The loss is...Read More »
37 of 64 | Posted by: Jeanne Morton - Indianapolis, IN
“John, my brother, you never met a man that was not your friend. You will be missed and never forgotten.
Pam, Jordan and Andrea, I love you.
38 of 64 | Posted by: Jeff McCarrel - Indianapolis, IN
“The Rain Check Bar was a meeting place for many Logo 7 employees back in the day, and I was honored to meet and enjoy the company of all of them....Read More »
39 of 64 | Posted by: David Hoffman - Indianapolis, IN
“Sorry to hear of your loss,John was a good man.He will be deeply missed
40 of 64 | Posted by: Bob Virgin - McCordsville, IN
“I have worked with John for 14 years & he has always treated me like his best friend. He was never too busy to lend a hand wherever & whenever needed...Read More »
41 of 64 | Posted by: Darren Cargal - McCordsville, IN
“Pam and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Know that our prayers are with you and that God will always be with you.
42 of 64 | Posted by: Dawn (Brady) Hiner - Lynn Haven, FL
“My sincere condolences on behalf of John's brother graduates of the Latin School of Indianapolis.
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord and let...Read More »
43 of 64 | Posted by: Tim Kelly - Indianapolis, IN
“When I think of John,I think of his strength and spirituality the most.He was very much respected by all that knew him and will be greatly missed....Read More »
44 of 64 | Posted by: Sharon Holliday - Indpls, IN
“What a terrible loss. An especially deep loss for people who knew him...a unique individual who obviously touched more lives than even he could have...Read More »
45 of 64 | Posted by: Rob Skorjanc - Indianapolis, IN
“I worked with John, many years ago, at Logo. He was such a nice person, and always had a smile on his face. I am so sorry for his family, and his...Read More »
46 of 64 | Posted by: Jeanne Kidwell - Indianapolis, IN
“This has affected me on many levels. This man was a mentor, a colleague and most of all a friend. He saw in me things that I did not see in myself....Read More »
47 of 64 | Posted by: Mark Mellett - Noblesville, IN
“Pam, I am so overcome with sadness for you and the kids. My prays and thoughts are with you during this time of great need>
48 of 64 | Posted by: Debbie ELpers Anderson - indpls., IN
“Our deepest sympathy to the family, our heart & prayers go out to you.
49 of 64 | Posted by: Rhonda & Terry Hochgesang - IN
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
50 of 64 | Posted by: Tracy Hess - Fishers, IN
“We pray that the mercy of God be granted to John and His comfort to John's family, brothers and sisters, friends and to all those left behind. Until...Read More »
51 of 64 | Posted by: John and Nancy Glon - Goshen, IN
“Pam, Jordan, Andrea,
John was one of the greatest mentors and freind a young salesman could have ever met. I cherish the memories of our travels and...Read More »
52 of 64 | Posted by: Ron Patterson - Daleville, IN
“John was an inspiration to everyone he came into contact with and I was blessed to be one those poeple. He helped me through some tough times and...Read More »
53 of 64 | Posted by: Rosa Campbell - Indianapolis, IN
“I would like to extend my deepest regrets to the Family of John and hold you in our prayers. I will always remember John as a good and fair man. I...Read More »
54 of 64 | Posted by: Tom Rhoads - Carmel, IN
“I worked for John at Logo 7 and have many memories of him. He was always cheerful and always kind and caring. He will be missed. My sincere...Read More »
55 of 64 | Posted by: Maria Fair - Indianapolis, IN
“Pam and Andrea and Jordan, my heart goes out to you and your family for this untimely loss. My thoughts and prayers are directed to you, your family...Read More »
56 of 64 | Posted by: Kathy Jacobs - Indianapolis, IN
“Pam and family,
The news of Johns death floored me...I could not be sorrier for you and your children for this is a loss of a lifetime. I pray you...Read More »
57 of 64 | Posted by: Reva Fain - indpls., IN
“So sorry for your loss,We all lost a great Mentor!
58 of 64 | Posted by: Teresa Virgin - McCordsville, IN
“Pam, our thoughts and prayers are with you....
59 of 64 | Posted by: Brad Copp - Fountaintown, IN
“Pamela, and my dearest Jordan and Andrea
We brought the little ones up together, they are entwined in a way we really cannot comprehend. And so, the...Read More »
60 of 64 | Posted by: Margaretha Henry - Indianapolis, IN
"Fear no more the heat of the sun,
Nor the furious winter rages,
Thou thy worldy task has done.
Home art gone, and taken all thy wages. ...Read More »
61 of 64 | Posted by: Terri Bourus - Kokomo, IN
To put it simply, I am sorry for your loss. I know it's not more, but just know my heart hurts for you. Please know you are in my prayers and...Read More »
62 of 64 | Posted by: Megan Decraene - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Pam, Jordan, Andrea, and extended family,
We are so deeply sadden by the passing of John. Words of comfort seem hard to find outside of that we...Read More »
63 of 64 | Posted by: Cecilia Ford - Evansville, IN
“Pam and family,
I am so deeply sorry for this horrible loss. Pam, I love you to death, and will be praying for you, Jordan, and Andrea through this....Read More »
64 of 64 | Posted by: Kristen Cowden - Greenfield, IN
John Kevin McCarrel 51, Indianapolis, passed away January 5th 2009. He was born October 2nd 1957 in Beech Grove, Indiana. He was the son of Gerald McCarrel now of North Port, Florida and Patricia Van Winkle Mills (deceased) of Indianapolis.
He was the devoted husband of Pamela Fay (Ott) McCarrel; they recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. He was the loving father of Jordan Kevin McCarrel and Andrea Elizabeth McCarrel.
John is survived by his wife and children, brother, Jeff (Wendy) McCarrel of Indianapolis, sisters, Bridget (John) Buchanan of Cincinnati, Cecilia (Nelson) Ford of Evansville, Moira Sommers (Alex Munroe) of Indianapolis and life long friends Bob Tolbert and Doug Paynter, several nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.
John was the Vice President of Proportion Air in McCordsville. His job allowed him to travel extensively and he established deep friendships in the U.S. and abroad.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any monetary donations to be sent to Lawrence Central High School, LCPAA – c/o Matt James – Show Choir Orlando Trip Scholarship Fund, 7300 East 56th Street, Indpls, IN 46226
Visitation will be Friday, Jan 9 4 until 8 p.m. at Harry W. Moore Funeral Care, 8151 Allisonville Road. Services will be Saturday Jan 10 at 11 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian Street.
As I try to make sense of something of this magnitude, I think about John and what could have brought him to this point. For those who saw him in his last days, he was, as everyone has repeatedly said, "normal".
John spent his high school years at the Latin School with plans on entering the priesthood. After time at St. Meinrad, John chose a different path, and although he did not become a priest, his life was still devoted to helping others.
When a person first met John, they would always state that he was quiet. Some people perceived him as stand-offish, while others simply could not figure him out. Once you got to know John, however, he had quite a bit to say. He was a unique combination of wit, logic, level-headedness, and always exuded a strong sense fairness.
John's desire to help others was his best trait. He was constantly going to fix someone's leaking pipes, broken furnaces, sit at hospital bedsides, deliver generators during power outages, lend an ear, or talk someone through a bad divorce.
John never met a child that he did not love, 100%, open heartedly, and unconditionally. Kids and teenagers have filled our house for 23 years and John welcomed them all. John was famous for cooking them anything that they wanted to eat, made to order, and as they all know, he was an excellent cook. Every single one of them was so very special to him; he worked to find a common bond with each of them and made sure that they all felt loved and welcome in our home.
John's greatest joy was his children, Jordan and Andrea. John, himself a thespian, was so proud of their accomplishments in Performing Arts. I hope that they will continue to amaze him.
I guess that when you give so constantly and so much of yourself, there is very little left over. John, who was so willing to help others, would never ask for help if he needed it. Know that he would never intentionally hurt anyone, but apparently under all of the smiles, goodwill, and empathy, John was hurting. We will never know the reason, we will never understand.
During these last few days, as I grapple for answers, I just find myself thankful for the children that he gave me, grateful for the good that he has done in this world, and humbled by the fact that through his guidance, I have become a better person.