Obituaries » James "Jim" K. Stepleton
July 10, 1929 - May 16, 2017
James “Jim” K. Stepleton, age 87, passed away, at 2:36 am Tuesday May 16, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center Inpatient Hospice.
Jim was born July 10, 1929 in Bluffton, OH to the late Theodore E. “Ted” and Rosina (Gratz) Stepleton. On September 5, 1953 he married Rosemary A. (Dee) Stepleton at St. Rose Catholic Church. They celebrated 63 wonderful years of marriage.
Jim was a 1948 graduate of Lima Central High School. He retired from the Central Mutual Insurance Company in Van Wert after more than 40 years of service. Jim was an avid fan of the Lima Senior High Spartans and all the Cleveland professional sports teams. He and his wife Rosemary were avid readers of the “Pluggers” comic strip, so much so that Jim had his ideas published four times, including one in the Sunday paper. Jim enjoyed playing tennis and loved watching sports, especially basketball. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is blessed with a family who loved him dearly, wife, Rosemary D. Stepleton of Lima; four children, Terrence “Terry” K. Stepleton who preceded him in death, Carol A. (Kent) Shoemaker of Lima, Adele D. (James) Gallagher of Falls Church, VA and John S. Stepleton of Lima; Daughter-in-law, Mary R. Pisle Stepleton of Lima; grandchildren, Shawn (Jill Glassmeyer) Stepleton of Cincinnati, Andrew Stepleton of Lima, Megan (Chris) Fenton of Croton-On-Hudson, NY, Kristen (Nate) Powelson of Convoy, Kimberly (Jacob Schomaker) Shoemaker of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Lauren Stepleton of Lima and Ryan Stepleton of Lima; a twin brother, Theodore “Ted” (Kate) Stepleton of Lima; sister, Roberta Miller of Van Wert; sisters-in-law, Nancy Stepleton of Toledo, Patricia “Pat” (George) Gerecke of Williston, VT and brothers-in-law, Thomas “Tom” (Susan) Dee of Lima and Donald “Don” (Sarah) Dee of Lima.
Together with his parents and son he is preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Bob” Stepleton and brother-in-law, Tom Miller.
Funeral services will begin 11:00 am Friday, May 19, 2017 at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 209 N. West St., Lima, OH 45801. Pastor Michael Hughes will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday, May 18, at CHILES – LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL and one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to St. Rita’s Hospice for the care given to Jim.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lima Senior Athletic Boosters, 1 Spartan Way, Lima, OH 45801.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com