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A lifelong resident of Marion, Jim is a 1960 graduate of Marion High School, and a 1965 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.

Jim is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Marine Corps League-Tripoli Detachment, the Marion Metropolitan Exchange Club, American Legion Post 368, and the Independent Funeral Directors of Indiana. Throughout his many years, Jim has been dedicated to the people of Grant and Miami Counties and has volunteered helping several organizations.

Jim has owned and operated the Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home in Marion since July 1, 1978. He purchased Larrison-Martin Funeral Home in 1992 which is now named Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel. In 1996 Jim expanded to Gas City and built Owen-Weilert-Duncan, Gas City Chapel.

He has two daughters, Amy (Mrs. Pat) Larson and Anne Duncan. Together they work to serve families with thoughtfulness and compassion.

Jim enjoys traveling, walking, and spoiling his grandchildren, Lucas and Emma.