James Robert Bornstein Sr.

June 1, 1932July 5, 2018

James Robert Bornstein, Sr., 86, of Indianapolis passed away July 5, 2018. He was born in Medora, Indiana the son of the late, Henry and Jessie (Weddle) Bornstein. He worked for Lilly Industrial Coating for 46 years where he was a Color Shader.

He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Fountain Square Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Clara E. Bornstein in 2013; children, Susie Hall, Jessie and Bobbie Bornstein; brother, Tom Bornstein; sisters, Josephine, Lois, Jean, Alice, Charlotte and Rose.

James is survived by his daughter, Dottie Freels and her husband Steve; sons, Jimmy Bornstein, Allen Bornstein and his wife Mary and Tommy Bornstein and his wife Wildina; brothers, Richard, George and Mike Bornstein; 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday July 9, 2018 from 4-8 PM and Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the service time at Little and Sons Funeral Home, 1301 Main Street, Beech Grove, IN. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 PM at Little and Sons in Beech Grove. Burial will be in New Crown Cemetery with military rites.


  • Visitation Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 10, 2018

James Robert Bornstein Sr.

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Robert Wolfe

July 8, 2018

Grandpa Bornstein was the foundation of respect in our family. No doubt about it. He was always fairly quiet, which was a good thing really. I can remember me and Daniel, about the time of the start of the Iraq war talking about joining up. It was then that we actually found out, that grandpa was in the Korean War... Almost out of our teenage years and never had he mentioned it. Daniel asked a question about if he had taken a life, and he told us he was a Grenadier. His answer still makes me laugh, yet it was honest. He said, "Reckon I never stuck around to find out...." We will all miss you grandpa, and I am glad you are at peace. Love ya, and Grandma will take care of you now, as always!

Daniel Wolfe

July 6, 2018

My Great Grandfather was one of the most amazing men I ever met. From the time I moved out of my mom's house till I was 27 years old he practically took care of me. I would have to say every memory I have of him is my favorite. He was papsipaw. I always called him that I was the only one and he will be missed. I haven't cried untill now I'm torn inside of me. I hurt I'll always miss you. Thank you so much for being a great man. I Love you. Kiss grandma for me. I'm glad you are with her again. 😢😢😭😭 I love you both untill we meet again...