In memory of
John Richard "Jack" Haury
Haury, John Richard "Jack", 82, of Louisville died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Monday, October 10, 2016. Born on June 17, 1934 in Louisville to the late Leroy Joseph and Carrie Oneida Haury, he was the eldest of seven children. He was a 1952 graduate of Flaget High School and a 1956 graduate of Bellarmine University completing graduate work at Indiana University. In June of 1956 he signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds and played with their organization until enlisting in the Army later that year. Jack served his country for two years, returned to Louisville, and began his teaching and coaching career at DeSales High School. That summer, he resumed professional baseball and played with the Chicago White Sox organization for another season. Upon returning to Louisville he continued to play amateur and semi-pro baseball. Jack taught and was the head basketball coach at DeSales High School until 1964. He was named City "Coach of the Year" in 1963. He taught and coached basketball at Clarksville High School until 1968. The following year, he was hired at Jeffersontown High School to teach and serve as head basketball and baseball coach for many years. He was named Baseball Coach of the Year in 1969. After retiring in 1995 he coached Barret Traditional Middle School basketball and was an assistant baseball coach at Bellarmine University for ten years. He volunteered at Lyndon Recreation, St. Matthews, and Middletown Recreation. Jack was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Jeffersontown High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Throughout his career Jack enjoyed coaching and was described by a colleague as "a source of talent, wisdom, and character to young men of all ages." To them he will always be "Coach." Jack was an avid UK fan, eternally optimistic that the football team would "turn it around" and that the basketball team would hang another banner. He cheered for the Clemson Tigers, and traveled there many times to watch his daughter Susan dance in Death Valley. Trips to Alaska, Maine, and the Mediterranean were among his favorite destinations. He loved going to the theatre and enjoyed movies and a good book. He was a master pumpkin carver. Children in his neighborhood anticipated his creations every Halloween. Ice cream topped his list of favorites. Jack loved his family and valued nothing more than time spent together. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 36 years, Helen (James) Haury, his children Caesha (Brian) Putt, John Christopher Haury and Susan (Bryan) Kohart, and his granddaughters whom he adored, Jenna, Ella, and Addison Putt, and Eliana Kohart His brothers Bob (Barbara), Bill (Bonnie), Charles (Shirley) Haury and his sisters JoAnn (Jim) Morris, Joyce (Bernie) Fussenegger, and Gloria (Gary) Wachtel, and brother-in-law Hugh (Laura) James and numerous nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to Caring Excellence, Dr. Jane Cornett, and Hosparus for their loving care and compassion. His funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016, at Church of the Epiphany, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville,East Louisville. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. www.RattermanS.com
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