By Louie Stout
Indiana needs more people like Jack DeGroote.
If the state had more folks like this generous man, we’d have a lot more public access on northern Indiana lakes.
You see, the 75-year old Eagle Global Logistics retiree probably could have made some money on the one acre land parcel he gifted to the Indiana DNR for the new Hudson Lake public access.
But he didn’t. He chose to donate the land that recently became the Andrew L. DeGroote public access site.
“God gave us a reason to do it by blessing my family use of the lake over the years and this was our opportunity to give something back,” said the modest Hudson Lake, Ind. man.
In addition, it gave him the opportunity to honor his brother Andrew who died in a hunting accident in 1945, just two years after Jack was born.
Andrew was hunting alone about a mile from home, when, according stories told to Jack, he stuck his gun through a fence and the wire caught the hammer. It discharged into his shoulder.