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James “Jim” Henry Slocum
James “Jim” Henry Slocum

Remembering Jim Slocum, Owner of Trophy Tops


James “Jim” Henry Slocum died unexpectedly at the age of 75 on May 10.

Slocum opened a truck cover business named Trophy Tops in 1974. He designed his own unique style for both aluminum and wood frame truck covers. Slocum was the builder, delivery driver and salesman, working with his brothers and others at various times. He closed the business in 1986 and went to work for and retired from Jason Industries.

Slocum was born in South Bend, Indiana on Dec. 3, 1942 to Clyde Orville and Lucille Maude (Short) Slocum.  He was one of seven children.

He married Cheryl Kaye Davidson on March 16, 1963 in Elkhart, Indiana.

Slocum will lovingly be remembered by his wife, and his children, Wendy (David) Ellis, Cindy (Bradley) Skaggs, Tracy (Brian) Bussard and his nine grandchildren.

Slocum attended both Jimtown and Penn High Schools and designed the original Penn Mascot logo for the gymnasium floor.

Over his lifetime, Slocum was involved in many activities, including Thursday evening bowling league at Country Club Lanes, fishing trips with family and friends and golfing with his buddies. His favorite times were spent with his grandchildren supporting each of them in their various interests.

Slocum’s viewing was held May 13 at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, with the memorial service held May 14.

Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Slocum to Elkhart Christian Academy at 25943 CR 22, Elkhart, IN 46517.

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