James "Jim"'s Story

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Mr. James H. "Jim" Acton, 77, of Lebanon, passed away Sept. 5, 2017, at Witham Hospital. Jim was born Mar. 2, 1940, in Lebanon, the son of the now late Victor Bruer Acton and Mae F. Peabody Acton.
Jim graduated from Pinnell High School. He worked for Royal Cleaners and Laundry for 36 years; was on the Lebanon City Council for 23 years; and, most notably, was elected mayor of Lebanon in 1990 and served from 1991 until his retirement in 2007. Jim also served as president for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Jim was passionate about his community and worked very hard for the city of Lebanon.
He was involved in many organizations including the Lebanon Elks Lodge #635, Eagles, Moose, VFW/American Legion, Boone Lodge #9 F&AM, Scottish Rite Indianapolis Valley 33rd Degree, Murat Shrine, Indianapolis Horse Patrol Unit, and Royal Order of Jesters Court 15.
Jim was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Judy Walburn of Lebanon; his son, Brian (Pam) Acton of Carmel and his daughter, Barbara Harnish of Kentucky; grandchildren, Christina Gallenstein, Brittney Edmonds, Chase Acton, Taylor Acton and Haley Harnish; a brother, Charles Acton of Dover; a sister, Irene Urban of Lebanon; a sister-in-law, Jean Acton of Lebanon; his former wife, Kathy Powell Acton; along with several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Acton.
Family and friends will gather Friday, Sept. 8, for visitation from 2 until 8 p.m., with Masonic rites at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon, with Elks rites at noon, in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Jim will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Caring Center, 1230 Ransdell Court, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on September 5, 2017
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