James Richard Litzsinger

October 31, 1939April 19, 2021

CARMEL, INDIANA JAMES RICHARD LITZSINGER, age 81, died April 19, 2021 at Bridgewater Healthcare Center in Carmel, Indiana. Jim was born October 31, 1939 to Orville F. Litzsinger and Irma Krisay Litzsinger in St. Louis, Missouri. He was an accomplished baseball player in Brentwood, Missouri and graduated from Brentwood High School as class president in 1957. Jim continued his education at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering in 1963. While at Mizzou, Jim was a member of Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering fraternity, president of the Gamma Mu chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, catcher on the Mizzou Tigers baseball team, and annually involved with the Savitar Frolics. He was hired by Eli Lilly & Co., in Indianapolis, where he worked for 35 years as an Industrial Engineer in various capacities and was very involved with Junior Achievement. During the 1970s Jim was president of the Carmel Planning Commission and was instrumental in the initial planning that facilitated the later growth of the city of Carmel, Indiana. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and the Carmel United Methodist Church in Carmel. He was a little league baseball coach for First Baptist baseball and Carmel Dad’s Club and was an avid follower of Indianapolis Youth Hockey and local theater productions. Jim spent much of his time in retirement volunteering for the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple where he helped raise donations for Noble of Indiana. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Colonel OJ (Nip) Litzsinger. He is survived by his son Christian James Litzsinger, daughter Sarah Elizabeth Litzsinger, daughter-in-law Kristina Krieg Litzsinger, grandchildren John Christian Litzsinger and Katherine (Kate) Rose Litzsinger, sister-in-law Elaine Shepard Litzsinger, along with four nieces, a nephew and their families. “Keep your eye on the ball!”

A private ceremony will be held at the Carmel Cemetery with a public celebration of life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to Junior Achievement at or Noble of Indiana at

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Litzsinger family.


  • Christian Litzsinger (Kristi), Son
  • Sarah Litzsinger, Daughter
  • Colonel OJ Litzsinger, Brother (deceased)
  • Jim is also survived by grandchildren John and Kate Litzsinger.


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Judy Opfer

April 26, 2021

Like others here, I met Jim our first day of kindergarten and was h;is classmate through highschool. Somewhere along the line I got jucky and became his girlfriend, and what a wonderful boyfriend he was - handsome, athletic,, and so nice to me! He took me to my first prom and, I think, gave me my first kiss! Good memories! He loved baseball and singing and was good at both. He had the best mens voice in our high school. He also liked performing in hs drama productions. He easily always won the part of male romantic lead. I encouraged Jim to get interested in religion and am glad to see he continued this connection throughout his life. I hope to meet him in another world some day! Judy Granger Opfer

David Ruebeck

April 23, 2021

Growing up close friends with Chris, I spent many a day and evening at the Litzsinger home filled with Jim’s jovial spirit and hearty laugh. Family visits to their Brown County cabin taught me a fine life does not always require plumbing and electricity. I have many fond memories of Uncle Jim and the Litzsinger family. Jim’s spirit lives on in Chris and Sarah and all those who knew him.

Janet Ignatius

April 22, 2021

Jim was one of my longest acquaintances, as we started kindergarten together in Brentwood, MO.
He was more than a classmate, as all through school we were friends. After high school we only saw one another at reunions, but it was always like greeting an old friend. He confessed to something at our last reunion together that I’m sure had been bothering him for many years. It was minor, but that is the way Jim was.
Rest In Peace, and “I’ll see you later.”
Janet Fridley Ignatius-BHS’57

Fred Brossart ssart

April 22, 2021

Knowing Jim goes back a ways. We moved next door to the Litzsinger’s around 1942 or 43 and he was my earliest childhood friend, actually more of a brother. And though over the years we separated in distance, we did keep tract of each other and it was always good to hear what was going on in his life.
One story I’ll share was related to the Litzsingers’ dinner meal. On occasion I’d have supper at their house. I was very impressed with how Nip (jim’s Older brother) and Jim’s ability to absolutely devour a piece of meat and leave nothing but the barest of bones. This talent was viewed by me with amazement.
Jim did possess other talents. He was a great baseball player and had extensive knowledge of the game.
Jim had a very keen mind and possessed a great intellect. This was often displayed by his quick grasp of mathematical concepts
Jim was a great friend and I’ll miss him a lot as I’m sure everyone who knew him will too.
See you in heaven, Jim! Fred Brossart

Tom Yoder

April 22, 2021

I have lots of memories of our friendship in the 1960s and early 70s. There was no one more jovial and happy than JIm. He always wore a big smile or grin. Jim had a big heart. He enjoyed volunteering and helping others. May God rest his soul.
Tom Yoder

F. Elaine Litzsinger

April 22, 2021

My Brother - in - Law ------ a good friend and I 'll miss our phone calls. I think you visited us most of the places we lived while in the Air Force. You always called me "kiddo". I know you were welcomed in heaven by all the other family members waiting. We all will miss you. Your brother Nip's wife. Love, elaine litzsinger ---- Virgina

Ray Ebert

April 22, 2021

My condolences to the Family on your loss. I was a classmate of Jim's at Brentwood High School and have fond memories of him.

Ray Ebert BHS'57

Cheryl Litzsinger Gornak

April 21, 2021

un-cle [noun] the brother of your father or mother; someone special to remember with warmth, think of with pride, and cherish with love.

The definition and sentiment is all true! I will savor the fond memories that I have with you Uncle Jim. Your laughter was contagious and your smile always made me feel loved. I will miss you. I pray you are at peace and were reunited in heaven by my Dad, your parents and others..

Rest in peace. Godspeed.
Cheryl, Jim, Rachel and Tyler
"In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust" Psalm 31