James R. Roepke

March 31, 1933- May 29, 2006



 Hazleton--James R. Roepke, 73, of Hazleton, died in his home Monday evening,

May 29, 2006, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be: 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Trinity United

Methodist Church, Hazleton, with the Rev. Jason Princer officiating. Burial

will be in Fontana Cemetery, with military gravesite rites.

James Rudolph Roepke was born March 31, 1933, at rural Littleton, the son of

Rudolph and Edna Grace Ellen (Weitnauer) Roepke. He received is education

from the Hazleton school. Jim served in the Army during the Korean Conflict,

stationed in Washington and Alaska. He was united in marriage to Shirlee Mae

Bantz on Feb. 27, 1953, at Independence. Jim worked at Rath Packing in

Waterloo for 17 years, at Woods Construction in Fairbank for 18 years and

retired from Larson Construction in Independence in 2003. He was a longtime

member of the Aurora American Legion.

Survivors include two sons: Russell (Janet) Roepke of Waterloo and Aaron

Roepke of Hazleton; five grandchildren, Josh, Pat, Jason, Courtney and

Jennifer; three great-grandchildren, Eric, Ethan and Lillian; one brother, Paul

(Susan) Roepke of Hazleton; seven sisters, Gladys (John) Higgins of Aurora,

Thelma Duckett of Oelwein, Dorothy Knavel of Hazleton, Elaine (Rhea) Rockwood

of Janesville, Marilyn (Gene) Medberry of Elgin, Judy (Mark) Lang of Cedar

Rapids, and Alice Roepke-Vega (Michael Vega) of Central City, and nieces and


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirlee, May 5, 2005; two

daughters, Julie Ann and Geraldine Marie; two sons, Rodney Wilhelm and Eric

Lee; one brother, Jerry and an infant sister.

A memorial fund has been established in his name.


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