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In Memory

Jack Mellencamp

Jack Mellencamp

Jack Mellencamp died the summer prior to our senior year.  The following appeared in the Salina Journal June 20, 1962


              Salina Boy Drowns In Colorado River.  Jack Mellencamp Tragedy Victim

"A vacation trip for a  Salina high  school art teacher and his young studend ended in tragedy Tuesday afternoon (Jun 20,1962) in the swift river near Lyons, Colorado.  Jack Mellencamp 16 year old son of Air Force Sgt and Mrs Leonard 162 Florida drowned in the swift St. Vrain river.  The teacher, Carl Peterson was rescued by passerby after his effort to save Jack failed.  The accident happened five milees west of Lyons, Colorado. 

According to the information gathered by The Journal, this is what happened.   Peterson and Jack left Salina Monday, spent the night in Denver and drove to the South St Vrain canyon area Tuesday afternoon where they stopped to rest.   Jack started to cross the river by leaping from rock to another rock.  When he tried to leap back across,  he missed his footing and fell into the river.  His body was found an hour later 300 yards downstream.

Jack was active in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout earlier this year."   He is survived by his parents Sgt and Mrs Mellencamp and sister Barbara age 7."

Jack (Leonard) Mellencamp was buried in Seymour, Indiana