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1942 James 2023

James Wolny

October 27, 1942 — March 4, 2023


James Burkett Wolny, Brownsburg, IN,

Jim Wolny passed away peacefully at home on Saturday March 4, 2023. Jim was born on October 27,1942, to the late Marie Salmon and Claire Burkett of Mallet Creek, OH.

He is survived by his wife of 55 1/2 years, Judy Burch Wolny; children, Heather Renter (David Renter), Jennifer Walters (Jody Walters); and grand children Everly Renter and Edison Renter. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lloyd Donald Burkett (age 3).

Jim graduated from West High School in Cleveland, OH where he participated in football and became a proud lifetime member of the Denbrook Chapter of the Order of the DeMolay, and the Drum and Bugle Corps. Following graduation he worked multiple jobs while earning an Associates Degree in Medical Technology from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. It was there he met Judy, the love of his life, and on June 18th, 1967, the two married. The next year, they moved to Indiana where Jim embarked on a 30- year career with Eli Lilly & Co. Jim enjoyed many hobbies throughout his years including fishing, gardening, traveling, and cooking. He especially looked forward to his annual Lake Erie fishing trips with friends. Jim had a servant’s heart. He was a servant leader for the Brownsburg High School Marching Band where he volunteered and ran the high school concession stands. Jim served up snacks, smiles, and stories to generations of Brownsburg students for nearly 20 years and made countless friends along the way.

Jim was a dedicated member of Cornerstone Christian Church where a celebration of life will be held on May 13, 2023, from 12-3:30PM. His stories, memory, and legacy will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and those he served.

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