James F. Tarkington

May 20, 2023

James F. Tarkington, 79, of Frankfort, died May 20, 2023 at his home.  He was born November 6, 1943 in Kokomo, Ind. to Ralph C. & Mary Florence (Parks) Tarkington.  He married Joan C. Calloway on January 16, 1965 in Burlington, Ind. and she survives.

Jim was a 1962 graduate of Carroll High School and a 1994 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. Degree.  He owned JT Building & Remodeling, Frankfort Glass and then Town & Country Class in Frankfort.  He was a founding member and very active in the Community Christian Church and a former member of the Frankfort Jaycees.  Jim enjoyed riding his bicycle.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 10 am.-12 Noon Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Community Christian Church, 1944 S. Jackson St., Frankfort. The funeral service will begin at 12 Noon at the church. Mike Whitacre will officiate. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Community Christian Church.

Survived by:

Wife: Joan Tarkington of Frankfort, 3 Sons: James Todd (Janice N.) Tarkington of Frankfort, Jason Scott (Jamie R.) Tarkington of Frankfort, Joshua Aaron Tarkington of Michigantown, 2 Brothers: Rodger L. (Wanda) Tarkington of rural Frankfort, William B. (Evelyn) Tarkington of Boswell, Ind., 5 Grandchildren: Alisha, Ashley, Triston, Trenton and Noah, 3 Great-Grandchildren: Ava Wylie, Channing Wylie and Ayden Spaulding.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Julia G. Downs.


Leave your Condolences

10 Condolences for “James F. Tarkington”

  1. Alexis Rex May 22, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    He was a great guy.

  2. Brad & Sue Stockberger May 22, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    Joan, we were so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was always such a great guy! Never saw him without a smile on his face! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  3. Rick & Terri Dean May 22, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    Talk, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you, Rip

  4. Heather Knuckles-Scott May 24, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Joan- Our prayers are with you during this time. I have so appreciated “The Tarkington’s” friendship with my folks over the years and how welcoming you have been with us. Praying for your peace and comfort…love ya!

  5. Nancy Clingenpeel May 24, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    Joan. Very nice video. So sorry for your loss. Be thinking of you during this time. Prayers to you & your family.

  6. Pat Ginn Wilson May 25, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Joan, Please know I am thinking of you and your family. Jim, was such a sweet man and friend. The two of you have always been very nice and I always enjoyed visiting with you. So sorry for your loss. Take care.

  7. Jeanie and Gary Thompson May 25, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great guy and always had that great smile whenever you saw him. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jim McQuern May 26, 2023 at 9:39 am

    To Roger and Bill, and their family’s, I am sorry to see this. I have been staying at one of my daughters, taking care of their dogs and bailing hay. My condolences to everybody.

  9. Phil & Gloria Crum May 28, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    So sorry to hear of James passing. With sincere sympathies.

  10. Judith Crum June 3, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    Sorry to hear of you loss Joan. My heart felt sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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