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Jon Cain

Dec. 7, 1940 – Oct. 26, 2021

Jon Cain, age 80, of Cicero passed away Oct. 26, 2021. 

He was born on Dec. 7, 1940 in Peru, Ind. to Sam Cain and Mary Jane (Wrights) Cain.

He lived on a farm near Bunker Hill, Ind. and graduated in 1959 from Bunker Hill High School. He then graduated from Purdue University with a BS in 1963 and MS in 1964.

Mr. Cain was married to Shirley L. (Lehman) Cain on Feb. 14, 1981. He had three children from a previous marriage, Melissa (Cain) Justice of Indianapolis, Jeff Cain of Portland, Maine, and David Cain of Farmington, N.M. He and his wife Shirley have 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. His siblings include Barbara (Cain) Kitchel of Galveston, Max Cain of Bunker Hill and Joyce Willison of Kokomo.

In his professional life he was a Vocational Agricultural teacher at Northfield High School in Wabash, Ind. from 1964 to 1965. He was a State information and Training Officer at Indiana Agriculture and Stabilization Service in Indianapolis from 1965 to 1968. At IUPUI he was a Coordinator of Continuing Education in Indianapolis 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. Mr. Cain was also a founding president of the Brown County Community Foundation.

He and his wife 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 are scheduled to be held Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson St. in Cicero with visitation from 12 noon until time of services. Burial will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Arcadia.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jon Cain, please visit our floral store online at

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