Mr. James “Jim” H. Acton, 77, of Lebanon, passed away Sept. 5, 2017, at Witham Hospital.
Jim was born on Mar. 2, 1940, in Lebanon, the son of the now late Victor Bruer Acton and Mae F. Peabody Acton.
Jim graduated from Pinnell High School. He worked for Royal Cleaners and Laundry for 36 years, was on the Lebanon City Council for 23 years and most notably was elected the Mayor of Lebanon in 1990 and served from 1991 until his retirement in 2007. Jim also served as President for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
Jim was passionate about his community and worked very hard for the city of Lebanon. He was involved in many organizations including the Lebanon Elks Lodge #635, Eagles, Moose, VFW/American Legion, Boone Lodge #9 F & AM, Scottish Rithe Indianapolis Valley 33rd Degree, Murat Shrine, Indianapolis Horse Patrol Unit, and Royal Order of Jesters Court 15. Jim was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Judy Walburn of Lebanon, his son Brian (Pam) Acton of Carmel and his daughter Barbara Harnish of Kentucky; grandchildren Christina Gallenstein, Brittney Edmonds, Chase Acton, Taylor Acton and Haley Harnish; a brother Charles Acton of Dover, a sister Irene Urban of Lebanon, a sister-in-law Jean Acton of Lebanon; his former wife Kathy Powell Acton; along with several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Acton.
Family and friends will gather Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 for visitation from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Masonic Rites at 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until times of services at 12 noon with Elks Rites at noon in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Jim will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. You are invited to visit the website www.strawmyerdrury.com where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Caring Center, 1230 Ransdell Court, Lebanon, IN 46052.