Jack Funsch, aviator and business executive, took his last flight on July 14th, 2019. He was born John Joseph Funsch on September 4th, 1931 to Dr. E.C. Funsch and Mae (Hackett) Funsch in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from St. Louis University High School, attended Regis College, the University of Indiana and graduated from St. Louis University. He then earned an MBA from Cornell University, and served as class president.
His aviation career began in the Navy as a Lt. JG jet fighter pilot flying off the USS Oriskany during the Korean conflict. After active duty he served as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida. His civilian aviation career began with Beech Aircraft, where he ultimately became the Senior VP of Marketing. He then helped Toyota Motor Company form an aviation company, AirFlite, in Torrance, California. In total, he had 13,000 command flight hours.
Jack was an engaged citizen, serving in many different organizations including: VFW post 77, Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow), Sales & Marketing Executives (Wichita Chapter President), Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), Founding member (and Captain V) of Wichita Wagonmasters, White River Valley Sportsmanís Association, and Order of Elks.
On August 14th, 1970 he married Shirlene who survives with two sons, Thomas M. Ferrari (wife Selena) of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Mark A. Ferrari (wife Liz) of Tulsa, Oklahoma and 5 grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Joan Piccione of Grosse Pointe, Michigan along with several nieces and nephews plus many friends. He spent the last 33 years living on Table Rock Lake near Eagle Rock, Missouri.
Graveside services with military honors will be held in St. Louis. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to St. Louis University High School or Rotary International and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri.