KALKASKA — John “Jack” Siddall, of Kalkaska, passed away May 16 at Munson Medical Center with his family at his side. He was 86 years old. Jack was born, along with his twin sister, Joan, on April 5, 1928, to George and Kathleen Siddall in Jackson.
He was active in scouting through out his life. Starting out in Boy Scouts as a child, receiving his Order of the Arrow, working as water front director at camp and becoming a Professional Scouter in the old region 7, his love of scouting continued for the rest of his life and was passed onto his son.
Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948, serving five years as a Medical Corpsman during the Korean War. It was through this service that he developed his passion for medicine.
Upon returning from Korea he enrolled in Hillsdale College, graduating in 1957. He continued his studies at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1962. Following his internship at Lansing General Osteopathic Hospital he opened a private practice in Haslett.
While on staff at Lansing General Hospital he met Lorann Hatfield. Who knew asking her out on a dare would turn into 49 wonderful years of marriage. They were married in 1965 and blessed with two wonderful children.
His professional accomplishments included 13 years of private practice in Haslett, medical director of Olin Health Center at MSU, clinical associate professor for MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, 16 years of private practice in Kalkaska, four years as staff physician and medical director at Baldwin Family Health Care, and he rounded out his career as a medical examiner with the State of Michigan — DDS in Traverse City, retiring at the age of 80.
Jack had a lifelong dedication of giving back to the communities he lived in. This dedication allowed him to serve in many different capacities which included trainer for the Hillsdale College Football Team, team physician for both Kalkaska and Haslett High Schools, Haslett School Board member (including serving as president), North Country Hospice Board and Rotary Club member in every community he lived in. Jack was very proud of being a Paul Harris Fellow. His love and dedication to Kalkaska Memorial Health Center lead him to many years of service on the hospital board, including three terms as chairman of the board. His joy of service earned him many awards and recognition which he treasured deeply.