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James "Jim" Joseph Allison

January 28, 1937November 3, 2020
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James Joseph Allison, age 83, of Indianapolis, passed away on November 3, 2020 at home with his wife by his side. Jim was born on January 28, 1937 in Washington, DC to the late Robert and Patricia (Lord) Allison. He graduated from Cathedral High School and attended Marian University where he was the first male to officially enroll when the college became co-ed in 1954. He graduated with honors in Philosophy and Theology. Jim served in the U.S. Navy and while stationed in Hawaii he met the love of his life, Julia Joanne Blanc. Jim and Julie would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April. They were married in Honolulu before traveling to Taiwan where two of their four children were born.

After his time serving our country, Jim worked as a systems analyst throughout his career. His time with IBM gave him the opportunity to work with the early computing systems being used in accounting. Jim and Julie raised their family in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was an avid Colts and Pacers fan and loved watching the games, especially with family. Jim was a talented gardener with an encyclopedic knowledge about plants. He had a green thumb and enjoyed taking care of his beautiful perennial flower beds in the summer and his orchids and bonsai plants in the winter.

Jim attended St. Pius X Catholic Church faithfully from 1965 until a few months before his death. He was proud to be the parish representative who worked with the architects when the new church was designed and built. He also served the parish as an usher and attended many parish events, classes, and bible studies. Jim was a voracious reader, a gifted writer, and a lifelong learner. He was a proud American who spent a great deal of time reading about, writing about, and discussing politics.

Jim drove all over the United States for family vacations, and traveled to Mexico, Alaska, Europe, and China with Julie after retirement. In addition to travel, he loved nature and taking hikes, so the extended family enjoyed reunions at many Indiana state parks over the years. Jim was happiest when his entire family gathered to celebrate holidays and birthdays and he was delighted to be the patriarch of a family with twenty-six members. Jim/Dad/Papa will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Julia (Blanc) Allison and their four children, Michelle (Rob) Henderson, Michael (Holly) Allison, Marianne (Chris) Heinzman, and Mark (Michelle) Allison, his brother David (Cindy) Allison, his beloved nieces, Kim and Kelli Allison, Kitty Allison Smith, nephew Kris (Tammy) Allison, and grand-nephew Brandon Smith, as well as twelve grandchildren: Annie (Landon) Oyer, Grace (Andrew) Anguiano, Cara Allison, Hillary Allison, Peter Allison, Robert (Shivani) Henderson, Matthew Henderson, Thomas Henderson, Ana-Claire Henderson, Jake Heinzman, Allison Heinzman, and Patrick Allison, and four great-grandchildren: Juniper Anguiano, Flora Anguiano, Beatrix Oyer, and Khoa Oyer. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Patricia Allison, and his older brother Robert Thomas Allison, Jr.

A visitation for Jim will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 10:30 AM until 12:00 noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46240. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at 12:00 noon, also at the church, with Father James Farrell officiating. Entombment will take place at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery with a blessing ceremony for immediate family members. Memorial contributions in Jim’s honor may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Parish or Ascension St. Vincent Home Health Hospice. Please share a memory about Jim on this website which can be added to a celebration of life book that his family is creating.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6

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Clara Henderson

November 29, 2020

Bob and I send our love and condolences to all of Jim's family and friends. During a family gathering at Jim and Julie's house I admired a calla lily growing next to their front porch. He dug up a few bulbs and gave them to me. I planted them and have enjoyed the beautiful calla lilies every year since then. I always think about Jim when they bloom and appreciate his generosity and his enthusiasm in sharing his love of gardening.

Cathy Norton Habegger

November 29, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. My sincere condolences to your mom and family. We're never fully ready to say goodbye and grieve with HOPE! Praying for the Lord to give you His strength and peace in the days ahead.

Kevin Egan

November 29, 2020

What an amazing life and legacy he leaves! I'm sorry for your pain, but what a gift he has left behind. I know I have been blessed by the life he led because I got to meet you so many years ago, which was so impactful in my walk with Christ. Now I am trying to be a similar example to my kids - so when you think about it, your Dad's legacy lives on well beyond the Allison family!!! Love to you and your family.

Jake Heinzman

November 27, 2020

Papa was one of the most brilliant men that I knew. I always enjoyed talking with him about his storied past. Topics like his military service, his role during the genesis of computers, and his take on current events all had me listening to him with rapt attention. Whether sharing a piece of wisdom at a family gathering or traveling 7,000 miles to visit us in Shanghai, papa would always make time to connect with his grandchildren. Love and miss you, papa.

Cynthia Allison

November 27, 2020

I am so sorry to hear that Jim passed away. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. I know he will be missed by many. He has left a lifetime of wonderful memories for those who knew him. I wish we were able to fly to Indianapolis to be with all of you. Please know that we are thinking of all of you with love.

Chris Heinzman

November 27, 2020

Jim was always a good father-in-law to me. He clearly loved his family deeply and was always up for spending time with us no matter how many of us there were. Jim left a message in our wedding video directly to me; "I'm trusting you with some very precious cargo, take extra good care of her." I knew how much he loved his daughter as he did all of his kids. But, he also loved me enough to bless our marriage. I will miss the regular talks that we had about politics or sports. He also knew about my life and would engage me on topics that only pertained to me. He did that with all of us and was genuinely interested. Each member of his family knew how much he loved them. Difficult to leave a better legacy than that.

Linda Billingsley-Confer

November 27, 2020

I am so sad!! Sending love and peace to your Mom and you, Mike, Marianne and Mark and all who were so close!! The heavens gained a good and faithful servant. I’m sure Mr. Allison is signing up for usher times at Mass in heaven❣️❤️

Kim Allison

November 27, 2020

Uncle Jim was my Godfather and he was very special to me. I remember when Uncle Jim and his family came to visit us in Florida. We went to the beach and we cooked out and we had ice cream by the pool. We had so much fun! We also had fun at Marianne's wedding when I got to attend and my Dad was there. It was the last time we were all together before my Dad died. I loved Uncle Jim and I will miss talking to him on the phone and catching up on family news.

Marianne Heinzman

November 25, 2020

As I look back over my life, I have many memories of fun times spent together with my Dad. I remember sweet times with him building snowmen in our front yard with us 4 kids, trips to the sledding hill at Butler, lazy summer days spent swimming at the K of C Club and at our dear Sohn friends’ backyard pool, and fall weekends hiking & picnicking at different Indiana parks.

Dad encouraged us to seek out adventure and enjoy God’s beautiful creation through our annual summer family vacations, day trips to nearby parks and occasional weekend getaways. Trips to Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Oregon, Kentucky, and the big trip “out West.” We saw and experienced so many things as a family! I’m grateful for Dad;s sacrifices to make travel and family time a priority. I inherited a deep love of travel and adventure from my Dad and our many family getaways.

I’m thankful for Dad’s love for my Mom and every family member. He lived his life as a man of few wants or needs, with a deep love of God and family. He was never happier than when we were gathered together, a visit from one of us--or all of us! He delighted in enjoying one another's company and talking about our lives, news of the day, current events, politics, religion and sports.

The greatest gift Dad gave me was a love of God. He instilled in us kids from a young age a deep respect for our Creator and a desire to know and love Him. The paths we’ve chosen spiritually as adults may not have been the ones he’d have chosen for us, but he respected our right to choose—and at the root of our faith is a love of God that we first learned from our Dad. As I reflect on his life and legacy, I’m thankful for a number of things. But I'm especially thankful for this greatest gift--the gift of faith and love of God--that will allow us to be reunited again one day with Dad and with our Savior in Heaven!

With Love and a Lifetime of Memories,
Marianne Allison Heinzman (Daughter)

Thomas Henderson

November 23, 2020

One of my favorite memories of Papa is also a more recent one. After I transferred colleges, Nana and Papa made a trip to visit my current college campus, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. We planned to meet for the weekly brunch hosted in O'Shaughnessy Dining Hall, which had a great meal. Papa and I went for multiple trips and we all found a dessert we loved. I had a tour planned to show Nana and Papa my favorite spots on campus: the Cathedral, shrine, grotto, graveyard, and more. Each location I brought Papa to, he almost always ended up teaching me something about my own tour that I did not know. I have always admired Papa's intelligence and remain thankful that intelligence is a genetic trait that can be passed down. I will always remember the time we spent on campus that day, and how special I felt that I was worth the two hours of driving for them to come and visit me.

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