John  Hegwood


John Wesley Hegwood, 80, Greenwood, Indiana, passed away June 17, 2019. He was born February 16, 1939, in Scottsburg, Indiana, to the late Cletis and Hattie (Doughty) Hegwood.
He is survived by his loving wife Gayla; sister Judy (Pete) Doyle and his brother Bill (Diane) Hegwood; his son Mike (Kelly) Hegwood and daughter Jill (Dale) Meyer; his grandchildren Anne (Cole) Pratt, Daniel Fullenkamp, Jack Hegwood, Grace Hegwood, Michael Hegwood and Will Hegwood; and his great-grandchildren Brennan Kerker, Payton Fullenkamp, Jones Pratt and Charlie Pratt.
John graduated from Batesville High School in 1957 and Purdue University with a B.S. degree in 1962. He later attended Xavier University to complete his M.B.A in 1978. After graduating from Purdue he taught junior high math and science in the Monticello, Indiana, school system. In 1966 he begin a 36 year career with Hillenbrand Industries in their information management systems group. During that time he worked for Batesville Casket Co., and in 1985 helped launch The Forethought Group as vice president of IMS. John finished his career as a vice president for Batesville Casket in 2002.
He married the love of his life, Gayla Gardner, June 22, 1963, and they spent 56 wonderful years together. While in Batesville, John was very active in the community. He served on the Batesville Parks Board, was active in the Batesville Methodist Church and considered one of his most proud accomplishments serving on the CREATE committee, which was instrumental in getting computers in the Batesville Community School system.
John enjoyed reading and learning about history, especially about the Civil War period. He also loved the outdoors, hiking and the serenity of the North Carolina mountains. He thoroughly enjoyed the annual Hegwood fishing trips to remote parts of Minnesota and the memorable golfing trips with Gay and their friends. He was always interested in the latest technology, and thoroughly enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in their sporting events.
After his retirement, John and Gay moved to Lake Lure, North Carolina, and spent many wonderful years together in the mountains, golfing and traveling. John served on the board at Rumbling Bald Resort. He and Gay were also very active in the Fairfield Mountains Chapel.
In 2016, they moved back to Greenwood to be closer to family. They attend the Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Greenwood.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 5171 W. Smokey Row Road, Greenwood, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairfield Mountains Chapel, 1384 Buffalo Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746, or for his great-grandson Charlie's cerebral palsy special needs. Contributions for Charlie can be made to Gayla Hegwood or via PayPal.Me/forcharliesneeds
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Gerry & Pat Nichols
Jun 24, 2019
Dear Gay, Mike & Jill,
We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such a neat guy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time..
Warmest regards, Gerry & Pat
Bob Moeller
Jun 22, 2019
Gay, my deepest sympathies.

I worked with John at Batesville Casket for many years, went to Cincinnati with him to attend night classes. One day we drove in his small car that had no radio. We found out when we got to school that is was closed as there were tornatos. We then drove home very wary of the tumultuous sky. What a memory!
John was a good guy with a kind spirit. He will be missed.
John Eckstein
Jun 20, 2019
I am sorry to hear of your loss and you have my deepest sympathy
Marcia Kurtz
Jun 20, 2019
So sorry to hear of John's passing. John was one of my favorite bosses - such a humble, good all-around man. I will never forget the time he gave me Sam Adams beer for Administrative Assistant day. Now that made me smile. Love and prayers to you all.
John and Cheryl Prentice
Jun 20, 2019
Dear Gay, Jill, Daniel, and extended family, We are so very sorry to hear of John"s passing. We will see you this coming weekend. Love, Cheryl and John