James “Jim” L. Wilbur, 83, of Bloomington, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital with his loved ones by his side.
He was born March 17, 1936, in Bloomington, Indiana. He was the son of the late, Ward and Mary (Taylor) Inman of Bloomington.
He was a plumber and a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 136, where he retired in 1995. He was an Inspector for the State Plumbing Commissioner in Indianapolis. He also worked for the Governor of Indiana, Otis Bowen, who awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash certificate for his outstanding work.
He owned and operated a Sunoco gas station in Ellettsville, and was also a school bus driver for the R-BB School Corporation in the 1970’s.
Jim had a passion for sports, especially basketball. He began playing basketball for Bloomington High School his freshman and sophomore year of high school. He then moved to Stinesville, and became a member of the Stinesville Quarry Lads basketball team. He loved playing basketball, averaging 17.9 points per game. His leading score was 30 points, holding the school record for the most points per game. He was nominated to the Annual All-Stars Game list of the state’s top 100 players in Indiana. He also scored 52 points in two games during the Bloomington Sectional Tournament. He was also a member of the 1953 Stinesville softball and track team. He graduated in 1954, with a full scholarship to Indiana State University, where he played basketball for one year and then joined the Army, serving three years.
He enjoyed coaching Ellettsville Little League and Ellettsville Babe Ruth League, where he helped guide many kids in the game of baseball for several years.
He was also a long-time member of the Smithville Christian Church.
Jim was such a great man, with a big heart. He loved spending time with his family, they were his everything. He always put others before himself, lending a helping hand to those in need. He could always carry on a story with anyone, he knew no stranger. He was a funny guy, always telling funny stories, and he loved to sing and dance. His favorite dance move was the “screwdriver”.
He also enjoyed fishing with his son, Jimmy, and grandson, Josh. They took many trips to Lake Michigan and Erie together. He enjoyed taking family vacations to Florida and Disney World.
Jim is survived by his wife of 13 years, Lois (Bock) Durnal Wilbur; children, Jim (Lisa) Wilbur, Stan (Dereasa) Durnal, Joy (Jeff) Hilycord, Jan (Dan) Smith, and Scott (Peggy) Durnal; grandchildren, Sharla (Kip) Smith, Jenny Hickman, Josh (Stacy) Wilbur, Lindsey Wilbur, Katey Wilbur, Amanda (Austin) Hausner, Staci Watkins, Ashley (Brace) Rutledge, Hope (Alex) Meier, Kasey (Jon) Ray, Kramer Fancher, Bethany (Jeffrey) Everroad, Heather (Dillon Sullivan) Durnal, and Annie (Leighton) Schoolcraft; twenty-one great-grandchildren; Aunt, Annie Bruce; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Mary Inman; his first wife, Sarah “Sally” Katherine Wilbur; his daughter, Cynthia Smith Morron; and his brother, Jon Wilbur.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 8, at 1:00 pm, at Chandler Funeral Home, in Ellettsville, with Pastor Kyle Crafton officiating. Friends and family may visit from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm prior to the service. Burial will follow at Chambersville Cemetery. Online condolences and memories may be shared with his family by visiting his tribute page at www.chandlerfh.com.
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