One of the founders of the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival has died. Jack Randinelli is set to be laid to rest Thursday in the DeKalb County city. He passed away Sunday, which was the last day of this year's event. Randinelli was 74. September 2, 2013

John A. “Jack” Randinelli

July 15, 1939 – September 1, 2013


AUBURN, Ind. – John A. “Jack” Randinelli, 74 passed away Sunday September 1, 2013 at DeKalb Health in Auburn.

He was born July 15, 1939 in Warren, Pennsylvania to the late John and Mary Jane (Adams) Randinelli.

Jack earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in 1961 and was a US Army veteran.

After his service in the military he began his career in Banking in January 1964 when he went to work for his grandfather Amos Adams at Auburn Federal Savings and Loan. He retired in 1990 after 26 years as President of the Hamilton Bank. Jack and his wife Ruth have owned and operated Martha’s Popcorn Stand in Auburn since 2001. Jack was also Owner and President of Auburn Automobile Company.

He was a member of the Auburn Presbyterian Church, on the Board of Directors of the Hicksville Bank, was currently serving on the Auburn Board of Works and was an Eckhart Public Library Trustee for 14 years. He was a former member of the Auburn Jaycees. While in the Jaycees he was instrumental in the building of the Auburn Community Pool. He was a member of the ACD Club, one of the founders of the ACD Festival and in 1974 founded the ACD Hoosier Tour.

Jack married Ruth Abercrombie in 1964 and she survives in Auburn. Also surviving are 2 daughters Kim Randinelli of Auburn and Karen Randinelli – Ackerman and her husband Troy also of Auburn. Jack and Ruth have 3 grandchildren, Autumn Greenwood, Anna Greenwood and Gabriel Ackerman all of Auburn.

Services are at 11 AM Thursday September 5, 2013 at the Auburn Presbyterian Church with Rev. Lyle Ewing officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn and the family asks that anyone traveling in the procession to the cemetery drive their old cars to honor Jack. Members of the US Army and American Legion Post 97 of Auburn will conduct military graveside honors. Calling is Wednesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center Street, Auburn and also 1 hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 Am Thursday at the church. In Lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Please direct your donation to Randinelli Family Instrumental Music Scholarship or ACD Festival Automotive Scholarship Endowment Fund or Auburn Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or Eckhart Public Library Endowment Fund. To send condolences visit

Source: Feller & Clark Funeral Home

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