Active community member who enjoyed working with Scouts, Little League, more

James William "Jim" Elkin II, 62, of Lake Ozark, Mo., departed this life on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Lake Regional Health System, Osage Beach, Mo.
He was born April 21, 1949, in Louisiana, Mo., the son of James William and Jeanette (Reed) Elkin.
He was united in marriage to Paula Barr on Dec. 26, 1970, in Tuscumbia Mo., and to this union, two sons were born.
Jim was raised in Louisiana, Mo. He graduated from Louisiana High School in 1967 and attended Gem City College in Quincy, Ill. He and his family moved to Lake Ozark in 1969,  Jim had worked from 1971-1990 as a mechanic and tow truck operator for Denny’s Service and then for Parish Phillips 66. He was a school bus driver for School of the Osage from 1984-2000. He worked for O’Reilly Automotive from 1990-2010. He was associated with the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District for 38 years, first as a fireman and officer, and then served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was a member of Lake Ozark Christian Church where he was a member of the choir, and had served on the diaconate and as an Elder. He was also a member of Lake Ozark Lions Club and Hickory Hill Masonic Lodge No. 211 of Eldon. Jim was previously active in Lake Ozark Little League, Lake Ozark Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He had also been involved with Osage River Antique Power Association, had played in the Lake Area Community Orchestra and had also served on the Lake Ozark City Council. Jim enjoyed camping and watching NASCAR, but his greatest love by far, was his family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Paula, of the home; two sons, James W. Elkin III and wife, Charlene “Charli,” of Four Seasons, Mo., and Brandon Jay Elkin and wife, Marisa, of Raytown, Mo.; two grandchildren, Christian James Elkin and Thomas Hosmer Elkin; his brother, Thomas R. Elkin and wife, Karen, of Overland, Mo.; along with other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Elkin, and in-laws Ray and Irene Denny and Albert Barr.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Lake Ozark Christian Church, Lake Ozark, Mo., with Dr. Monte Gravenstein and Alan West officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 10-11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Interment will be in the Greenmore Cemetery, Eldon, Mo.
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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lake Ozark Christian Church building fund.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Mo.