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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: 812-333-4400
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James “Jim” Elkins

James “Jim” Elkins

Friday, June 9th, 1950 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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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.
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Scott Eberle

Posted at 05:40pm
Condolences on Jim's passing. I have fond memories of Jim at IMS and in various basements and garages racing HO Slot Cars. Jim always brought good looking cars that ran competitively. He was fun to race with. I will miss his great smile and friendly personality.
Scott & Rebecca Eberle

Donna Hyde Posted at 12:49pm

Thank you Scott!

Ron Grose

Posted at 10:21am
So saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. What a great person ! ( Ron, former REMC Board member)

Donna Hyde Posted at 12:49pm

Thank you! He missed his REMC family

Johnson County Veterans

Posted at 09:04am
We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Johnson County Veterans Affairs
Charles Russell
Carolyn Russell
Jan Richhart

Donna Hyde Posted at 12:51pm

Thank you, he will be missed

Donna Hyde Posted at 12:51pm

Thank you, he will be missed

lynn wilson

Posted at 12:33pm
Jim was such a great person! We have such fond memories of him from high school. He will be missed very much!
Bob and Lynn Wilson

Pat Trusty Posted at 08:49am

Condolences to the Elkins family and friends. Just for (historical) clarification however, Jim's half-sister, Judy Elkins-Ianni passed away Aug 16, 2016.

Donna Hyde Posted at 12:52pm

Thank you Lynn

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