James Edward Lepper

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To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We are confident that Jim is home with the Lord now, with no more pain or sickness. In 1949, Jim was born in Port Townsend, Washington to Judson and Darlene Lepper. His father was in the Army and Jim spent his young years traveling with his family. They were stationed in Georgia, Missouri, Washington, Kansas, and twice in Germany at both Bad-Kitzingen and Stuttgart.

In 1958, Jim was featured on the cover of Life magazine with Elvis Presley. The Lepper family and Elvis were both traveling to Germany on the USS Randall when a photographer captured Elvis waving from the ship with a soldier holding up young Jim next to him.

Jim attended Ludwigsburg American High School while in Germany, and graduated from Waynesville Senior High in 1967. After high school, Jim followed his father and older brother, John Lepper, into the military where he served for six years in the Army National Guard beginning in 1968. A few years later, Jim married the love of his life, Linda Gomez in Kansas City, MO. Jim and Linda celebrated 50 years of marriage this year.

In May of 1972, Jim joined the KCMO Fire Department. He was with the department for 30 years as a Driver and then a Fire Captain. He had many great passions and supported many ministries through the years, especially City Union Mission, Pre-Born, and Operation Mobilization. He was a strong supporter of pro-life work and taught his children about the sanctity of life.
In 2019 Jim received a kidney transplant which was an answer to many years of prayer. In February, Jim was diagnosed with cancer and knew that his time on earth was short. God has been so good and gracious to us during all of this, and we are thankful for the extra time we had with him.

We know that everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And Jim believed in God's son, Jesus Christ for eternal Salvation and forgiveness of sins. We all have eternal souls and have the choice to be forever with God or forever separated from God. We are thankful that Jim has left behind a legacy for the Lord.

Jim and Linda were blessed with five children. Bonnie (Brian) Mentel, Kayah (Jeremy) Scofield, Shaylin Lepper, Dan (Laura) Clark, and Melanie (Kevin) Manning. He loved his children and their families more than anything else in the world. He was preceded in death by his third daughter, Shaylin, who died in a snowmobile accident on January 4, 2003, when she was 21. He delighted in his grandchildren: Ben, Beau, Josiah, Carter, Wesley, Brooks, Joey, Jack, Chase, and finally his granddaughter, Vanessa. He is also survived by his older brother, John (Dee Dee) Lepper, and his younger sister, Joanne (Doug) Turner and their families.

Jim had many passions and interests in his life. He loved to read and talk about the Bible, as well as pray with anyone who needed it. He volunteered with special-needs ministries and was involved with the Golden Retriever Club. He liked taking walks and chatting with neighbors, boat rides on the lake, and fishing with his grandsons and watching their sporting events. His favorite activity was always gathering together with his family. His goal was to get everyone to read one of the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.

He was the building block of our family, a real-life hero, and a man of God. He traveled 72 times around the sun, and now he is with Christ for eternity.

Please join us in celebrating Jim’s life at Westbrooke Church, on Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m.
9777 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 66212. Casual Dress. Jim had a heart for spreading the Gospel, please consider making a donation to Missions at Lenexa Baptist Church or Westbrooke Church.