James E. McKinzie

April 22, 2014

James “Jim” E. McKinzie 85, of Frankfort, IN, went to be with the Lord at 3:35 a.m. April 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Central, Lafayette. Born October 6, 1928 in Frankfort, IN to the late Reldo & Effie (Singleton) McKinzie, He married LaVaughn “Toots” Warren on October 12, 1946 in Elkhart, IN and she preceded him in death on October 7, 2008. Mr. McKinzie attended Frankfort Schools and was a lifelong Frankfort resident. He worked for 38 years, retiring in 1982 where he was a brakeman and worked in the train yard for the Nickel Plate Railroad which later changed to N & W Railroad. Jim attended the First Wesleyan Church in Frankfort. A lifelong member of the Eagles, he was also a member of the Frankfort Orbiter’s R.C. Airplane Club. He loved playing the guitar, teaching himself to play the steel guitar, loved to fish, boat, spending time on the lake, write music on his computer, spending time with friends and family and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon-2 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. The service will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

Survived by:

2 Daughters: Marsha (Marvin) Donoho of Frankfort, Linda C. Brummet of Otterbein, 3 Grandchildren: Russell Ely of Frankfort, Lisa (Doug) Hutchens of Chantilly, VA, Shelly (Steve) Jung of Bayfield, CO, 2 Sisters: Bonnie (Ed) Eddingfield of Lima, OH, Sue McCune of Frankfort, 1 Brother: Dick (Cathy) McKinzie of Frankfort, 7 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Granddaughter.

Preceded by:

a grandson, Edward J. Brummet, 8 brothers and 3 sisters.


9 Condolences for “James E. McKinzie”

  1. Paul & Paula Riley April 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Dick, Cathy & family we are sending you our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May the love of family and friends comfort you all.

  2. Dave & Roberta Cornett April 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    We will not be able to be there on Saturday due to a previous commitment, however, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave certainly enjoyed playing music with him. He will be missed.

  3. Jami Pratt April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Marsha, Marvin, & family:

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. joyce hensley phillips April 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Dearest Marsha and family, I know this is a hard time for you, MAY GOD CRADLE YOU IN HIS ARMS AND GIVE YOU PEACE, KNOWING YOUR DAD IS WITH HIM. Your old school friend from many years ago, Joyce Hensley

  5. Jada Ray April 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Marsha, Marvin, and family:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you always treasure all of the love, and happy memories that never fade.

  6. Martha Moudy April 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry to hear about you loss, I remember how good you were to your Dad and the love you showed him.
    Just know I am thinking of you.

  7. Kathy Cottrell April 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Linda & Marsha, JD& I are sorry about your loss. We had a lot of good times with Jim & Toots. Going places to play & sing, going out to eat & out to Mikes etc. It sure was easy to sing when Jim played lead. He was a VERY good musician! Very good lead picker. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you. May God bless & comfort you.

  8. Bob & Judi Spitalniak April 27, 2014 at 2:17 am

    We’re so sorry to hear about your father, Marsha. Our prayers are with you. We are now living in FL & will not be able to attend the viewing, but please know we are thinking of you. God bless all of you.. RIP Jim & Toots..

  9. Linda Walters April 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Linda and Marsha and family, I am so sorry about your Dad he was such a nice man. Also sorry about not making it to the visitation but I don’t take the paper anymore, so didn’t realize he had passed away. I just found out about it yesterday. My prayers are with, you once again I am so sorry.

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