James “Jim” Elkins, age 69, of Bloomington, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis. Jim was born on June 9, 1950 in Bloomington to Edgar and Betty (Davis) Elkins.
Jim grew up in Bloomington and graduated from Bloomington High School, class of ‘68. After high school, Jim served in the United States Army in Germany and Korea during the Vietnam War. He then worked for Johnson County REMC for 35 years as a training and safety engineer. Jim was especially proud of setting standards to keep the linemen safe on their job. Jim was a big Indy 500 fan, sitting in the Pittman seats throughout two generations and over 30 years. During his retirement, he was building an HO model train yard of 1950’s Bloomington, and he also brewed craft beer and was quite good at it. He was an arborist, and he golfed with friends whom he had known from as long ago as high school. Jim took great pride in watching his daughter fulfill her dream of obtaining a PhD in Chemistry. Jim also took great pride in his nieces, Shawntel Hyde and Summer Rizzi, who gave him five wonderful grandchildren. He adored watching their sports and school accomplishments.
Jim is survived by his wife, Donna Hyde-Elkins; his daughter, Madeline Hyde Elkins; niece, Shawntel Hyde, and her children, Kameron, Brynn, and Emersyn; niece, Summer Rizzi, her husband, Frank Rizzi, and children, Francis and Hyde Parker; brother-in-law, Rob Kelley and his wife, Luchy Kelley; dear friends, Dan Pittman, Rod Young, Richard Messersmith, and many more friends; his sister, Suzie Rader, and her three daughters, Julie, Sarah, and Jennifer; and his sister, Judy Elkins.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Davis.
There will be no services at this time.