OBITUARY

James Joseph Ackelmire

October 19, 1957March 27, 2021

James Joseph Ackelmire was born on October 19, 1957, to John and Beatrice Ackelmire. He was raised in Indianapolis, graduated from Cathedral High School, and served 3 years in the army in Germany. Shortly after returning home to Indianapolis, he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, and was never able to live on his own afterwards.

Despite his disability Jim always had a positive and gentle disposition, and showed great empathy toward others. He loved his country and his fellow human beings. For many years he attended St. Luke Catholic Church daily and volunteered at the VA medical center. He never complained or felt sorry for himself, and gratefully accepted the help others offered him.

The staff of Fairway Village, on South Keystone Avenue, have our deepest respect and gratitude for their loving care and treatment of him during the last several years.

Jim is survived by his brother, Fred Ackelmire, and his sister, Ann Fahey. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.

Services for James Ackelmire will be held at Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel on Friday, April 2, 2021. Visitation for James will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at time of services at 11:00 am. Interment follows at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 2, 2021

Memories

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Rosey Normand

April 1, 2021

The Fairway Village team loved enjoying Jim's infectious laugh and bubbly personality. The staff enjoyed caring for Jim everyday! He was always such a pleasure to care for. We loved watching him sing along with entertainers in the facility and along with the music playing on the radio, when able. We truly feel honored, privileged, and blessed to be his caregivers!

Olivia Fahey

March 30, 2021

Uncle Jim loved listening to music! This is us at an Eagles tribute band concert at Garfield Park a few years ago. The band wasn't all that great, but we had a really fun time laughing about it and watching all the crazy squirrels in the park.

Olivia Fahey

March 30, 2021

Uncle Jim always had a goofy grin to share with everyone, especially if there was food involved! He loved going out to eat with his sister.

Olivia Fahey

March 30, 2021

One of my favorite memories of my Uncle Jim: listening to jazz music on the courtyard at his home. I love dancing, and even though dancing wasn't really his thing he humored me and held my hand while I danced. I remember him smiling and laughing and bobbing his head along to the music.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY