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Jon Cain

December 7, 1940 ~ October 26, 2021 (age 80)


Jon Cain, age 80, of Cicero, Indiana passed away October 26, 2021.  He was born on December 7, 1940 in Peru, Indiana.  His parents were Sam Cain and Mary Jane (Wrights) Cain.  He lived on a farm near Bunker Hill, Indiana and graduated in 1959 from Bunker Hill High School. He then graduated from Purdue University with a BS in 1963 and MS in 1964.

He was married to Shirley L. (Lehman) Cain on February 14, 1981. He had three children from a previous marriage, Melissa (Cain) Justice, Indianapolis; Jeff Cain, Portland, ME; and David Cain, Farmington, NM.  He and his wife Shirley have 13 grand children and many great grandchildren. His siblings are Barbara (Cain) Kitchel, Galveston, Max Cain, Bunker Hill and Joyce Willison, Kokomo.

In his professional life he was a Vocational Agricultural teacher at Northfield High School in Wabash, Indiana from 1964 to 1965. State information and Training Officer, Indiana Agriculture and Stabilization Service, in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1965 to 1968. At IUPUI he was a Coordinator of Continuing Education in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1968 to 1976. At Indiana university at Kokomo, he served as Director of off-campus programs, Career Development and Placement and scholarships and financial aid from 1976 to 1988. Finally, he was the County Office Director  and Agriculture Educator for the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. He served in three counties:  Brown, Bartholomew, and Hendricks.

From 1976 to 1993 he was a member of the Maconaquah Board of School trustees, serving as President from 1986 to 1990.

He was a founding president of the Brown County Community Foundation.

He and his wife Shirley were active in church mission projects, many in Appalachia, several in Mexico, and also Romania.

He and his wife were hobby beekeepers and served as co-presidents of the 1995 Heartland Agricultural Society’s three day conference held at Vincennes University.

On a more personal note, in his early years he worked for his family‘s farm. From this experience he developed love and respect for the land, and joy just being in the outdoors. He also learned the value of patience and hard work. He was a very giving person and totally dedicated to his family, friends, and his church.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson St., Cicero, IN with visitation from 12:00 PM until time of services.  Burial will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Arcadia, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. You may send condolences at

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October 29, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Hartley Funeral Homes
209 W. Jackson Street
Cicero, IN 46034

Funeral Service
October 29, 2021

2:00 PM
Hartley Funeral Homes
209 W. Jackson Street
Cicero, IN 46034


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