James E. Springer, 91, Kokomo, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Westminster Village North in Indianapolis. He was born June 17, 1926, in Roachdale, Indiana. He was the son of John A. and Ida (Hartsaw) Springer. On June 5, 1954, in Grant Park, Illinois, he married Verna A. Petersen, who preceded him in death Oct. 8, 2008.
Jim graduated from New Winchester High School in Hendricks County. He received his undergraduate degree from Canterbury College in Danville and his master's degree from Ball State University. He taught junior high and high school social studies, P.E. and coached for 36 years, retiring in 1985 from Northwestern Schools. Jim served as a licensed IHSAA track official for 43 years. Jim was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, IRTA, Howard County Historical Society, and the Howard County Retired Teachers Association. He played professional basketball for the Anderson Packers, Indianapolis Kautskys, and the Providence, Rhode Island, and Sheboygan Redskins for a total of five years.
Jim is survived by his children, Kurt J. Springer and Karla J. (Charles) Whetstone; granddaughters, Justice Marie Springer and Karlee Whetstone; three stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Ola Shillings; and brothers, Sylvan Springer, Dennis Springer, George Springer, and John Springer.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 121 Santa Fe Blvd., Kokomo, with Pastor Kurt Gremel officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 pm Friday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim's memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to the Kokomo Rescue Mission. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on February 20, 2018