James Jay Eakins, 65, of Indianapolis passed away suddenly at his home on October 15, 2016.

Jay was born in Vincennes, Indiana on February 8, 1951, the son of James R. and Carolyn A. Eakins (Helderman). He loved a good card game, playing golf, but most of all spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was employed as a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Marion County Court.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years,Beverly Ann (Vieck) Eakins; his children Nathaniel Eakins of Gulfport,Mississippi and Kristin Eakins of Indianapolis; and grandchildren Carter and Korbin; his father, James R. Eakins of Vincennes; brothers Greg Eakins and his wife Linda of Thornton, Colorado; Michael Eakins of Vincennes; Mark Eakins of Vincennes; Matthew Eakins and wife Susan of Vincennes; brothers-in-law Fred Vieck and his wife Jenny of Fort Worth, Texas; George Vieck of Vincennes;sisters-in-law Janet Johnson and her husband Richard of Bloomington, Indiana and Nancy Beaman and her husband Tom of Vincennes, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother,Carolyn Eakins, his sister, Deborah Eakins, and sister-in-law Aggie Vieck.

A big man, with a big voice and a personality that was larger than life, Jay was the type of person that peopler arely forgot. He had a profound impact on the lives of many children over the years through his employment at both the court and Harrison Hill Elementary School, and through his involvement in the Lawrence community sports leagues as a coach and referee.

A Celebration of Life will be held at6pm on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services,5215 N. Shadeland Avenue, with visitation from 4pm until the time of service. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Indianapolis Humane Society- 7929 Michigan Rd. Indianapolis , IN 46268 in honorof Jay and his beloved dog Duke.

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  1. Jay was a teacher back when I attended Harrison Hill & to this day, he is beloved my many of my peers (former students). Prior to me obtaining employment with the Court in 2012, I was employed at Harrison Hill…and of course, "Mr. Eakins" was still spoken of by teachers he previously worked with; as his dedication to Harrison Hill was never forgotten. Jay’s service and dedication to the youth in Lawrence, in addition to the many kids he worked with through the Court is admirable and he will be truly missed. I feel very blessed for the privlage to have had him as a co-worker and a friend. #rihjay #gonnamissyourjokes

  2. My deepest condolences to the family. He was a great friend and coworker who I had the privilege of knowing. He will truly be missed by many. The family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I am very sadden to hear of this great loss! My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Much love, Angie

  4. Jay will be missed dearly and that smile was like no other. Thank you throughout the years for being so kind. You were a great person to work with all of these years. To the family, I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

  5. Bev, Nathaniel & Kristin;
    Jay is in our Lords arms now. Take comfort in His eternal promise of everlasting life through Jesus Christ. Paul and I wish you peace and happy, loving memories of your beloved husband and father. You are in our prayers. We’re so sorry that we can’t be there.
    Paul & Carla Kohlmeier

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