ForeverMissed
A celebration of the life of John "Jack" Raymond Molitor, an accomplished attorney, community figure, son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was born on August 30, 1949, and passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on October 28, 2020. Please dance and sing in his memory. 

In lieu of flowers, please submit donations in John's name to the Humane Society of Hamilton County or the Little Sisters of the Poor.

John was an avid music lover and had created 68 public playlists on Spotify; nothing would make him happier than to know that people enjoyed them. Please listen!

This page is for personal photos, tributes, and music. His official obituary page with Leppert Mortuaries is listed here.

Songs playing are three of John's favorites: "Say Something" by Kylie Minogue, "New Song" by Howard Jones, and "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley
Posted by Megan Edwards on November 6, 2020
I will always think of the smile that John would beam towards his kids, as we all ran around at the New Years parties through the years. When he looked at his family his love for them was evident.
Posted by Jer Roque on November 6, 2020
I met Mr. Molitor on only a few occasions, and I will never forget his calm strength, kindness, positivity, and impeccable taste in music. I can only begin to imagine the positive, stabilizing impact he had on people's lives. He will be dearly missed.
Posted by Liz Miller on November 4, 2020
cheese,

thank you for teaching me how to play othello and blackjack, how to change a tire and check my oil, how to appreciate good sci-fi and excellent music - from symphonies and sinatra to disco and bahaus, how to be an active member of my community, how to love like i've never been hurt and how to boogie down to some kylie minogue. <3  i wish we'd had another 39 years to watch ethan grow up together. thank you for everything - i will miss you always.

-issy-mo
Posted by Felix Umansky on November 3, 2020
I was so heartbroken to hear of Mr. Molitor’s passing. I have so many memories of his calm and content demeanor, his love of so many styles of music, and his amazing “detective” hats that made him look like a film noir protagonist. My deepest condolences to his family. Gone but never forgotten, may his memory be a blessing.
Posted by Leo Dierckman on November 3, 2020
Our condolences to the Molitor family. As a long-term member of the Carmel Plan Commission, a serving BZA member and most importantly as John's friend, I am very sorry to hear of his passing.  John was a highly competent and reliable legal resource working on behalf our membership. He was always willing to guide us in reaching rational solutions to challenging situations for the greater good of Carmel. We will all miss his friendly smile and sense of humor at our meetings. It is hard to fathom one of our meetings without John's participation.  Calm, cool and collected and always a class act. Thank you John! 


Posted by Lisa Meiners on November 3, 2020
I am heartbroken to hear this news. John excelled in all areas of his life. He was a loyal son and brother, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and a hardworking attorney. He was kind and calm. He also had a fashion flair especially with his hats!! He will be greatly missed by many.
Posted by Patrick Long on November 3, 2020
I had opportunity to work with John and our mutual friends Mark Davis and Garry Peterson on numerous initiatives, mostly in the realm of Hoosier Heartland and related infrastructure efforts. they too have passed, but I had not kept up with John in the past few years. I'm saddened to learn of his passing. He was a very kind, considerate, calm and intelligent man. I'm glad to have known him and I offer sincere prayers for the family and friends. Rest in Peace John.
Posted by Justin Moffett on November 3, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Molitor family. Throughout my professional career John was an example to me of integrity, respect, and kindness. He frequently helped guide those he advised to a solution through his calm demeanor and quick wit.

Our community is a better place not just because of his service, but because of the way he served. Grateful for his legacy of diplomacy and peacemaking.
Posted by Sarah Sadler on November 1, 2020
I will always remember John as a calm, kind figure from my childhood, usually with a cat draped over his shoulder. Rest In Peace, Mr. Molitor.
Posted by Brian Harris on November 1, 2020
John,

I first met you when I was a reporter and you were the attorney for a couple Boone County planning/zoning boards. Fast forward several years and I see you at a Howard Jones concert in 2008, where I had coincidentally met your daughter Kat earlier. You were a wonderful man and have an amazing family.

Since Kat had told me that day that you instilled a love of Howard Jones' music during her and her siblings' childhood, I felt it appropriate to post these lyrics to these two HoJo songs in tribute to you. RIP, my good man. Your legacy is forever strong.

"The time has come to watch you go watch you go
We weathered rough storms together
Couldn't conceive of the end
When I heard of your leavin'
It came as a shock and surprise
Like the deepest kinds of love
Lost on the inside
Locked right on the inside

What is the greatest expression of love,
To let go and wish well
But all these finer feelings
have left me with tears to tell

I couldn't be the one to hold you stop you go
It is like stripping the soul
Letting all the finest pieces go
You know these feelings between us
Could not be expressed
You will never know my old secrets
They are so deeply felt they are so deeply felt

What is the greatest expression of love
To let go and wish well
But all these finer feelings have left me
What is the greatest expression of love…"


"Soon you'll go
You'll make your mark
Soon you'll go
Takin' my heart
Soon you'll soar
Into the sky
And I'll be there
To watch you fly..."
Posted by Karen Bisesi on November 1, 2020
I’ve never met such a gentle man, so content in his life, so in the moment, so in love with his wife and family, and so enchanted by his grandsons. This was one very blessed man and the way he smiled so big and treated others so kindly...I think he knew it. His memory will live on forever in all of us who knew and loved him. Much love and peace Karen Bisesi
Posted by Anna Madison on November 1, 2020
What a touching tribute. <3
Posted by Logan Isch on November 1, 2020
Rest well, John.
Posted by Kat Molitor on November 1, 2020
Love you, dad
"Thought that I was going crazy
Just having one of those days yeah
Didn't know what to do
Then there was you
And everything went from wrong to right
And the stars came out and filled up the sky
The music you were playing really blew my mind
It was love at first sight"

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Posted by Megan Edwards on November 6, 2020
I will always think of the smile that John would beam towards his kids, as we all ran around at the New Years parties through the years. When he looked at his family his love for them was evident.
Posted by Jer Roque on November 6, 2020
I met Mr. Molitor on only a few occasions, and I will never forget his calm strength, kindness, positivity, and impeccable taste in music. I can only begin to imagine the positive, stabilizing impact he had on people's lives. He will be dearly missed.
Posted by Liz Miller on November 4, 2020
cheese,

thank you for teaching me how to play othello and blackjack, how to change a tire and check my oil, how to appreciate good sci-fi and excellent music - from symphonies and sinatra to disco and bahaus, how to be an active member of my community, how to love like i've never been hurt and how to boogie down to some kylie minogue. <3  i wish we'd had another 39 years to watch ethan grow up together. thank you for everything - i will miss you always.

-issy-mo
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Training Wheels

Shared by Kat Molitor on November 1, 2020
One of my favorite memories of my dad is from Halloween day when I was in first grade (1992). It was the afternoon a few hours before trick-or-treating and my dad was helping me practice ride my bike without training wheels. 

He held onto the bike and ran behind me while I tried to ride. At a certain point I started riding faster and said, "Dad, you can let go." I kept riding and said louder, "Dad, you can let go now!" I was confused why he hadn't let go. I turned to look behind me and he was halfway down the street with a giant, proud smile on his face waving at me. He had already let go.