He was born on Sept. 13, 1932 in Putnam County to Daniel Valentine and Iva Edna Taylor Hanlon.
Mr. Hanlon served his country in the US Army. He was employed with Lone Star Industries and Allison Transmissions and attended Indiana University. He served his community as an Indiana State Police Trooper from 1960 to 1987, when he retired as a Detective Sergeant. He then served as Chief of the Greencastle Police Department from 1988 to 1997.
His memberships included Masonic Lodge #47, Cloverdale Order of Eastern Star, Murat Shrine, Scottish Rite, Pioneer of the Indiana State Police, 1979 Sagamore of the Wabash and a life member of the VFW.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ruth; two daughters, Debra Rowland and husband Jerry of Batesville and Denise Frazier of Greencastle; a sister, Helen Lehe of Greencastle; six grandchildren, Jason Frazier and wife Jayne, Heather Harris, Kelsey Vermillion, Jennifer Sloan and husband Josh, Courtney Rowland and Laura Washnock and husband Jeremy; eight great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters.
His parents and brother, Roy Benjamin Hanlon preceded him in death.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, 4 Percy L. Julian Drive (formerly Chandler -- Hays Funeral Home), with the Rev. Paul Bowen officiating. Burial with honors will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Calling will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials in Jack's name may be made to the Putnam County Humane Society or Make a Wish Foundation.
He will be greatly missed and remembered for his love of fishing, animals and camping.
Condolences may be made on line to the family c/o www.Hopkins-Rector.com