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James William Small, 73, of Lebanon, passed away on Aug. 24, 2017, following a brief illness. He was born on Oct. 16, 1943, in Kokomo, to the now late Otis and Helen (Ferver) Small.
Jim graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1961.
On March 21, 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn S. Winslow. They celebrated their 52th wedding anniversary in 2016.
Jim's career in the insurance industry brought him fulfillment and lifelong friends. Most notably, in the early 1980s at American States Insurance, his team developed an automated commercial lines computer system that is still in use today.
In 1996, Jim suffered a severe brain injury that required many years of medical treatment and rehabilitation. With the love and support of his wife and family, he lived a productive and comfortable life. He worked part time at Witham Memorial Hospital for over 10 years, where he was known for his jovial attitude and Peppermint Patties. He shared his love of knitting by making hundreds of baby hats for Witham's maternity center.
Jim's children and grandchildren were his passion and delight. He enjoyed attending their many activities, and was one of their biggest cheerleaders.
Jim was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he volunteered for vacation Bible school, The Shalom House and many other church events.
He is survived by his three children, Amy (Rick) Hammerle of Lebanon, Alan (Kim Swisher) Small of Noblesville, and Alyssa (Chris) Lagoni of Kokomo; grandchildren, Jacob Small, Connor Hammerle, Jimmy Small, Anna Small, Rachel Small, Sara Hammerle, Lauren Lagoni, Kaitlyn Lagoni and Rebecca Lagoni; sisters, Emmanell Dunn of Tipton, Shirley Bush of Kansas City and Susie (Dan) Fulton of Kokomo; and brother, Robert Small of Kokomo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents; brother, Stanley Bud Small; sister, JoAnn (Small) Scott; and granddaughter, Megan Hammerle.
The family will receive friends and family on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. A service celebrating Jim's life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2625 Elm Swamp Rd., Lebanon, on Friday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Tetersburg Christian Church cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to Boone County Senior Services, Inc., 515 Crown Pointe Dr., Lebanon IN 46052; or the Megan Hammerle Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Boone County, 102 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on August 28, 2017
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