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.
will be in Fontana Cemetery, with military gravesite rites.
James Rudolph Roepke was born March 31, 1933, at rural Littleton, the
Rudolph and Edna Grace Ellen (Weitnauer) Roepke. He received is
from the Hazleton school. Jim served in the Army during the Korean
stationed in Washington and Alaska. He was united in marriage to Shirlee
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
retired from Larson Construction in Independence in 2003. He was a
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
(Susan) Roepke of Hazleton; seven sisters, Gladys (John) Higgins of
Thelma Duckett of Oelwein, Dorothy Knavel of Hazleton, Elaine (Rhea)
of Janesville, Marilyn (Gene) Medberry of Elgin, Judy (Mark) Lang of
Rapids, and Alice Roepke-Vega (Michael Vega) of Central City, and nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirlee, May 5, 2005;
daughters, Julie Ann and Geraldine Marie; two sons, Rodney Wilhelm and
Lee; one brother, Jerry and an infant sister.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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