OBITUARIO

James D. Blythe II

20 octubre , 19407 julio , 2021
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James D. Blythe, II, age 80, lifelong resident of Central Indiana passed away on July 7, 2021. Born to the late James D. Blythe and Marjorie Horne Blythe on October 20, 1940 in Indiana and marrying Sara Frantz in 1974, he lived a life punctuated by service to his community.

This service began at North Central High School where Jim was the first and second ever Student Council President and late the first and second ever NCHS Alumni President and elected to the North Central High School “Wall of Fame” in 1991. A graduate of Butler University, Jim was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and served as its president from 1960-1962.

Jim practiced law for over 55 years, after receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law. Jim was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, served on his its board, and was the General Coordinator of the Marion County Grievance Committees from 1981-1988. He was also a lifetime member of the Indiana State Bar. Jim also served as a Supreme Court Mediator and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. He was most recently “of Counsel” with the law firm of Dale & Eke, P.C where he continued to ensure his clients were well advised.

Meanwhile, he also served the Salvation Army on its Board starting in 1975, as Chairman of the Board for two terms and later was elected to “Life Membership.” Jim served as President of the Marion County American Cancer Society and was selected “Man of the Year” in 1974. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Jaycees and was named “An Outstanding Young Hoosier” in 1975 and received the Jaycee Life Senatorship Award in 1976.

A member of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Indianapolis since 1975, he was awarded a life membership in 2017. He served 26 terms as Chairman of the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Committee. He was Vice-President, the President of the club as well as Kiwanian of the Year 1996/1997. He was the Indianapolis Kiwanis Foundation President and two term chairman of the Indiana Kiwanis Foundation.

Active in the Republican Party, he was selected at “The Outstanding Young Republican of the United States” in 1965, served on the Congressional Staff of Richard Roudebush and served two terms in the Majority Attorney’s Office in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Jim was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster of the Blind School Boy Scouts (1958); Past President for the Central Indiana Boy Scout Council for two terms; Silver Beaver Award recipient and nominated to the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Fame for Leadership and selected for life membership in 1987. He was a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient from the Indiana Governor for Civic Activity.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sara Frantz Blythe of 46 years and his daughter, Amanda Renee Richmond (Joshua), granddaughter Juliana Blythe Richmond; Jim’s brother, Dr. Jerry E. Blythe as well as two nephews and a niece and countless friends.

Family and friends will gather on Sunday July 11th from 2:00 to 4:00pm in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel with service at 4:00pm.

You are invited to visit the website www,leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Jim or in lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Indiana District of the Salvation Army, the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Indianapolis Abe Lincoln Scholarship, the Crossroads Council Boy Scouts of America, or the donor’s choice.

Servicios

  • Visitation

    domingo, 11 julio , 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    domingo, 11 julio , 2021

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Trudy Slaby Eissler

14 julio , 2021

I talked to Jim about 3 weeks ago… we had a great conversation talked about old friends… politics… and life.

RIP my friend 🙏🏻

Brad Boyd

13 julio , 2021

Jim was the quintessential Kiwanian. As one of the founders of the Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Scholarship Program, he was the stalwart champion who chaired the committee for 26 consecutive years. My path also crossed with Jim as a fellow North Central High School graduate who served as an officer for the newly-minted alumni organization. Most importantly, Jim cared deeply about his family, friends, kids and Kiwanis. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Gary Gardner

13 julio , 2021

Sara, I was so saddened to see of Jim’s death. Jim was a dear friend, my attorney on occasions and one of my mentors in The Downtown Kiwanis Club. He will be missed by so many people and organizations he has touched. Unfortunately, I am out of town and could not attend the service. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mandy and family.

Ann W King

13 julio , 2021

Jim lived a few doors away at Jamestown apartments in 1965. He and my roommate, Carolyn, and I became close friends. Several years later I met him at the 1972 Indiana State Republican Convention and he introduced me to J.B. King who was managing the Otis R. Bowen campaign for governor. J.B. and I were married in 1974 and we always gave Jim credit for our finding one another.
I am grateful to have known him!

Melody Baxter

12 julio , 2021

Dear Sara and Mandy,
My sincerest condolences to you. I have a lot of memories of my time working for Jim including all the Kiwanis projects and Salvation Army projects. It gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and be involved in worthwhile causes. I especially remember our week-end at the lake. I do know he loved the water and his time with the two of you.

My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Preston Breunig

12 julio , 2021

I worked with Jim through the years and considered him a good attorney and fine example to the profession. It was a pleasure working with him through the years.

Rose Hootman

11 julio , 2021

Dear Sara, I will always cherish my memories of you and Jim and your wonderful support of Kiwanis International. Glen so enjoyed working with Jim and the Downtown Kiwanis Club. The Abe Lincoln Scholarship program will be a true legacy to you and Jim. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in the wonderful life you shared together. I think of you often. Rose Hootman

Matt Blythe

11 julio , 2021

Uncle Jim -- two words that will be forever fused together for me. Uncle Jim has been a part of my life for as long as I have been alive. My earliest memories and the very definition of family for me include time with Sara, Mandy, and Uncle Jim. Many people who have met me and my parents often wonder where a big part of my personality comes from, because it doesn't appear to be from them. They would only have to meet my Uncle to know who I looked up to in many ways be it at the card table, in aspirations in life, and how to not take things too seriously.

So many memories of Uncle Jim, but one of favorite -- for some reason, he always had a large stock of old soda at his house -- some really, really old. One day, Mandy brought over a new boy, and we offered him a drink. Uncle Jim and I went into the very back of his closet, found some coke bottles that literally had layers of dust on them. We cleaned up the coke and served it to Mandy's friend and spent the next 20 minutes laughing as he tried to stomach it down.

I am so thankful I returned to Indy, if only for a couple of years, as we struck up a tradition of a card game with Sara, my dad, and Uncle Jim 1-2 times a month for the last 2 years. I am so grateful for that time I got to spend with him, right up to the end. I couldn't have asked for a better Uncle to help shape me into the man I am today. You are loved and missed, Uncle Jim.

Jack Serafin

10 julio , 2021

On behalf of the Butler University Kappa Sigma Fraternity chapter . I would like to extend our deepest condolences on your loss. Jim was revered by his peers and earned lifelong respect and admiration of all fellow brothers and alumni who came into contact with him. His undying support, guidance, and friendship was akin to a lantern in the night. He exemplified our code which many of us live by. May you be comforted, as we will be with fond memories of his service and friendship.

Jack Serafin
Butler University, Class of 1971

Marilyn Yoder

10 julio , 2021

Sara & Mandy and Family,

I am so sorry about Jim's death. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your family memories will help you through this very difficult time. I enjoyed your many family photos included with Jim's obituary. I'm also sorry that none of my family will be attending the visitation/funeral tomorrow. We are looking forward to seeing you at the reunion next month, but we will miss Jim not being there. May God bless you.

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Biografía

James D. Blythe, II, age 80, lifelong resident of Central Indiana passed away on July 7, 2021. Born to the late James D. Blythe and Marjorie Horne Blythe on October 20, 1940 in Indiana and marrying Sara Frantz in 1974, he lived a life punctuated by service to his community.

This service began at North Central High School where Jim was the first and second ever Student Council President and late the first and second ever NCHS Alumni President and elected to the North Central High School “Wall of Fame” in 1991. A graduate of Butler University, Jim was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and served as its president from 1960-1962.

Jim practiced law for over 55 years, after receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law. Jim was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, served on his its board, and was the General Coordinator of the Marion County Grievance Committees from 1981-1988. He was also a lifetime member of the Indiana State Bar. Jim also served as a Supreme Court Mediator and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. He was most recently “of Counsel” with the law firm of Dale & Eke, P.C where he continued to ensure his clients were well advised.

Meanwhile, he also served the Salvation Army on its Board starting in 1975, as Chairman of the Board for two terms and later was elected to “Life Membership.” Jim served as President of the Marion County American Cancer Society and was selected “Man of the Year” in 1974. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Jaycees and was named “An Outstanding Young Hoosier” in 1975 and received the Jaycee Life Senatorship Award in 1976.

A member of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Indianapolis since 1975, he was awarded a life membership in 2017. He served 26 terms as Chairman of the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Committee. He was Vice-President, the President of the club as well as Kiwanian of the Year 1996/1997. He was the Indianapolis Kiwanis Foundation President and two term chairman of the Indiana Kiwanis Foundation.

Active in the Republican Party, he was selected at “The Outstanding Young Republican of the United States” in 1965, served on the Congressional Staff of Richard Roudebush and served two terms in the Majority Attorney’s Office in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Jim was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster of the Blind School Boy Scouts (1958); Past President for the Central Indiana Boy Scout Council for two terms; Silver Beaver Award recipient and nominated to the Boy Scouts of America National Hall of Fame for Leadership and selected for life membership in 1987.
He was a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient from the Indiana Governor for Civic Activity.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sara Frantz Blythe of 46 years and his daughter, Amanda Renee Richmond (Joshua), granddaughter Juliana Blythe Richmond; Jim’s brother, Dr. Jerry E. Blythe as well as two nephews and a niece and countless friends.

Family and friends will gather on Sunday July 11th from 2:00 to 4:00pm in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel with service at 4:00pm.

You are invited to visit the website www,leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Jim or in lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Indiana District of the Salvation Army, the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Indianapolis Abe Lincoln Scholarship, the Crossroads Council Boy Scouts of America, or the donor’s choice.