James Bosley Reel, 68, Indianapolis, died surrounded by loved ones on February 25, 2018. 'Jim' or 'Jimmy,' as he was known to his friends, served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1970-1975. He often told stories of his days as a radio mechanic at the U.S. Naval Communications Station in Iceland. He earned a living driving a diesel rig and was a member of the Teamster's Union, retiring several years ago. Jim loved fishing, camping, gardening, bowling, cooking, woodworking and spending time with friends at the pub. He will be remembered by his kids as a kind, loving and generous father with an easy wit, who never asked anything of them except that they not spend money on him. Jim was also a loving son to his mother, Louise Reel, giving generously of his time and attention to ensure she was well taken care of, especially in her final years.

He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Palic (husband Semin), Amy Reel and Tracy Reel; son, Michael Reel (wife Amanda); grandchildren, Evan, Megan and Morgan Palic, Maxx Reel and Adrian and Alexia Rosetto; Brother, Jeff Reel (wife Pamela); and loving companion, Judy Hawk.

A memorial visitation will be held for Jim on Friday, March 2, noon - 2 p.m. at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 N. Shadeland Ave., immediately followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9350 E. Washington St.

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  1. What an amazing man. I am blessed to have the pleasure of knowing him . My heart goes out to his family. Soar with the Angels Jimmy.

  2. So sorry we were not informed of Jim’s passing!
    Not only did I not know of my favorite aunt’s passing, but now, my closest cousin.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

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