Kenneth James (Jim) Carmichael, 67, of Bloomington, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, at Bloomington Hospital.
Born Dec. 22, 1938 in Solsberry, he was the son of James Sylvester and Grace Beatrice (Abrams) Carmichael. On Jan. 10, 1958, he married Leah (Gray) Carmichael.
He raced stock cars at area tracks around the state for 15 years and he also flagged at the Putnamville Speedway (Lincoln Park Speedway) for eight years. He instilled the racing tradition in his two sons, who passed it on to the grandchildren. He bowled many years at Classic and Suburban Lanes. He was a 25-year member of the Bloomington Moose No. 1081 and had been a governor of the Moose eight times. He was in the National Guard. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and American Legion.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years, Leah (Gray) Carmichael; two sisters and their husbands, Marjorie and James Thomas of Bargersville and Jeanie and Charles Hawkins of Ellettsville; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Kenneth (Kenny) and Peggy Carmichael of Terre Haute and Danny and Tammara (Tami) Carmichael of Bloomington; grandchildren, Crystal Carmichael and her fiancÚ Travis Heramb, Kenneth Earl Carmichael and his girlfriend Keri of Terre Haute, Jamie Carmichael and her fiancÚ Daniel Livers, Brandy Carmichael and her boyfriend Travis Lane and Bradley Carmichael, all of Bloomington; two step-grandchildren, Tiffany Hendershot and Daniel Hendershot, both of Greenwood; one great-grandson, Timothy David Arthur of Williams; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his dad on Sept. 21, 1994 and his mother on April 3, 1996.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Allen Funeral Home with Brother Fred Stanger officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens where the Veterans Honor Guard will have military rites.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home, where a Moose Ritual Service will be at 7 p.m.