James Lee Wilbur

James Lee Wilbur

March 7, 1952-Feb. 26, 2022


James Lee Wilbur of rural Crawfordsville passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 26, 2022, at Franciscan Health Lafayette. He was 69.

Jim was a jack-of-all-trades, working on the family farm, doing construction, building bridges and many years for the state highway department, retiring from there. He was also a volunteer EMT and firefighter for many years in Ripley Township. He also spent many years working at the Ben Hur Speedway, maintaining the track and he loved to follow the racing careers of his son and grandson. He was a member of the Alamo Christian Church, where he had served as a deacon.

Born March 7, 1952, at Crawfordsville, he was the son of Elmer Wilbur and Sarah J. Rice Wilbur. He attended school at Alamo and graduated from Southmont.

Surviving family includes: son Travis (Sheryl) Wilbur; daughter Bridget Wilbur (Denny Smith); six grandchildren, Levi, Sammi, Tiffany, Wesley, Trey and Sully; brother John (Karen) Wilbur and their children, Jamie, Jason and Kris; sister Mary (Danny) Meadows and their children, Suzy, Eddie and Patty; sister Martha (Charlie) Billings and their children, Chuck, Sam and Peter; sister Margrette France and her son Bryan; sister Lois (Bill) Hepburn with their children, Mallory, Reed, McKenzie, Morgan and Madeline; sister Fawn (John) Turner with their children, Lindsey, Jessica, Jannett, Jack and James; seven great-grandchildren; several cousins on the Rice side and the Wilbur side.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter; and a nephew, Landon.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at Burkhart Funeral Home, 201 W. Wabash Ave., Crawfordsville. A service will begin at 7 p.m., led by Pastor Kevin Howey. Cremation will take place after the services.

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