Robert “Jim” James Talkington, Jr., 73, of Elkhart passed away on August 17, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital. Jim was born on October 4, 1945 in Madison, Indiana to Robert James and Margaret Talkington. On July 2, 1965 he married Beverly C. Kendall at the First United Methodist Church in North Vernon, Indiana.
Jim graduated from North Vernon High School and attended Indiana University. He began his working career at B&O Railroad in Kentucky. Then he began his Insurance career at Stone, Stafford & Stone Insurance in Indianapolis then St. Joseph Valley Bank, which brought him and his family to Elkhart. He was President of Salem Insurance until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement he kept busy with working at Martin’s Supermarket and Per Mar Security Agency. Jim was the Vice President of the Board for Osolo Little League where he coached several girls softball teams. He was President of the Board for the Elkhart County Daycare Center. He was a member of the Elkhart and Goshen Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed playing golf, little league games and coaching, fishing, boating, bowling, camping Harley Davidson Motorcycles and a love for cars. His true love was his love for his family and spending time doing great things with them.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Beverly Talkington; their children, Jennifer (Bill) Moon, Jill (Brad) Gude and Robert James Talkington III, all of Elkhart; grandchildren Alex Moon, Abby Moon, Adam Moon, Noah Gude and Zoey Gude and his great-granddaughter Lily Briggs and one more on the way. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William Talkington.
A memorial service will be held at 6pm on Thursday August 22, 2019 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart where friends may visit with family from 3 to 6 pm. Memorial donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507. Online condolences may be made to the Talkington family on the funeral home website.
Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507