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James N. Boone

May 15, 1944 — August 27, 2021

James (Jim) Neville Boone of Plainfield, born on May 15, 1944 in Boca Rotan, Florida, passed away August 27, 2021. Preceded in death by his parents Dr. Neville and Mabel Boone, Jim was an only child who spent his first two years living an idyllic life near the beach. He and his mother played in the sun, sand, and surf almost daily while his father completed his active military duty. As a boy Jim frequently visited his extended family in southern Indiana, exploring hundreds of acres of family hunting ground. Jim was also preceded in death by his long-time friend Martha Gooldy of Plainfield. Jim and Martha enjoyed traveling out West, exploring the backwaters of Canada by canoe for weeks at time, cooking, and playing Bluegrass music. Jim is survived by his “friends turned family”: Traci Hackleman of Noblesville, Maci Tetrick of South Bend, Max Tetrick of Noblesville, and MaryClaire Tetrick of Noblesville. Jim graduated from Plainfield High School in 1962, where he played football. Upon graduation he attended Indiana University, where he obtained a B.A. in Economics and Business Management in 1966. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. A proud and patriotic U.S. Marine, Jim served two terms in Vietnam in 1967-68, earning multiple medals for his service, before going to work for the Criminal Justice Department until retirement. Jim’s love of the outdoors spanned his lifetime, and until very recently, many of his weekends were spent hunting and shooting skeet and trap. Jim lived most of his life in the house his parents built on Duffey Street in the early 1940’s. An avid reader and history buff, generations of Duffey Street neighbors have enjoyed the friendship and stories shared by the neighborhood historian. He will be missed by many. Services will be at Hampton Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield on Friday, September 3 at 11:00am, with visitation from 10-11:00 am. A military ceremony will take place at his burial at Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield, immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Plainfield Friends Meeting, a Quaker Church.
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