James “Jim” Anthony Hepp of Hygiene Colorado, at the age of 82, died Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, at Boulder Community Hospital from Covid Pneumonia and Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). Jim was born on August 27th, 1939 in Denver, Colorado. He was the oldest of eleven children, to parents Anthony John Hepp and Josephine Agatha VonFeldt. He worked on the farm and at various jobs to help support the family while in school. Jim graduated from Brighton High School in 1957 and enlisted in the Navy from 1960 to 1964. On April 7th, 1961 Jim graduated from the Aviation Electronics Technician School, Antisubmarine Course with top scholastic honors. He was a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On June 26th, 1965 in Lafayette, Colorado, Jim married Gayle Gene Mosnik. Together they had two children, Laura Anne and Brian James. Jim started his career at Hewlett-Packard (HP) as a purchasing agent while attending night school at CU Denver. In 1973, Jim invested in Colorado Time Systems (CTS), a company that created swimming timers and sports scoring systems. In the late 1980’s, CTS began creating tape backups for computers. This was a revolutionary new concept that the computer industry needed. This company turned into Colorado Memory Systems (CMS) which sold to HP in 1992. Since then, Jim has been involved in well over 100 businesses, including Blackfox, LLC and its subsidiaries. His latest endeavors included Colorado Tri-Flo Systems which sells heaters that kill bed bugs, along with air purification systems to kill off the current virus, and ZeoMedical, a medical company developing a product that helps arthritic patients manage their pain without drugs. Jim also established the Hepp Foundation, which has helped the poorest of the poor for decades. Jim never stopped working and was “semi-retired” since 1992.
Jim loved God and life; his whole life was devoted to Jesus Christ. Every morning Jim prayed his Rosary and went to Mass. Because of his love of God, Jim strived to serve and help people. Everything in his life was because of his deep love of and trust in God. Before he died, he told his daughter that when he got out of the hospital, he was going to do more for God and that all he wanted to do “was get under the fence” into Heaven. He told his son he was giving his suffering to God in the hopes God would use it for the good for others. Monday, he told Gayle he was terminal and, although he didn’t want to go, he was ready to be with our Lord Jesus Christ if that was his will. Jim’s most worthy aspiration was he wanted to pull as many people up to heaven as he could. Thinking about the prayer circle praying for him Sunday night, there were around 500 people that he lifted up with him at that moment. When he died, Jim knew he was going home to be with Jesus.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, mentor, and the rock of the whole family. He loved to golf with his brothers and friends, and fly fish with his son and grandsons. He smoked cigars with his poker buddies and loved to stay up in Wyoming at his cabin. He was a farmer at heart and had a garden so he could give everyone vegetables every year. He made wine, applesauce, pickles, salsa, sauerkraut, and hot sauce. His latest was brandy from the many fruit trees on his property.
Jim is reunited with his parents, Anthony and Josephine Hepp, his brother Gary Hepp, in-laws Edmond and Josephine Mosnik, brothers/sisters-in-law Leroy Hoffman, Larry Luellig, Dean Zaffree, Sharon Hepp, Cindy Hepp and Carol Hepp, and nephew Mark Hepp, and many other friends and relatives.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gayle Hepp (Hygiene), daughter, Laura (Steve) Schechter of Longmont and son, Brian (Stacy) Hepp of Loveland; grandchildren Jenna Hepp of Loveland, Alex Hepp of Denver, Sarah Schechter of Longmont and Ryan Schechter of Longmont; siblings Jeanette Hoffman, Nick (Mary) Hepp, Paulette Luellig, Sam Hepp, Linda (Paul) Eccher, Chuck (Lory) Hepp, John (Erica) Hepp, Nancy Zaffree, Anthony (Barbara) Hepp, Jon (Sandy) Hepp
When attending the Rosary and Funeral, please understand Gayle is recovering from cancer and there will be no hugging or kissing; her immune system is vulnerable, and we want to prevent sickness.
Jim’s Catholic Rosary is Tuesday, January 11th, 2022, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 3791 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO 80503. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. is the viewing followed by Catholic Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Here is the livestream information: https://youtu.be/8aVuyvxL-a4
Jim’s Funeral Mass is Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 3791 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO 80503. Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. and internment immediately after at Foothills Gardens of Memory, 14241 N 107th St, Longmont, CO 80504. Here is the livestream information: : https://youtu.be/pFh1gW3W3Hg
A luncheon will be served after Jim’s internment back at St. Francis of Assisi.
Please text or call Laura at (303) 681-7555 if you will be attending
In Lieu of flowers please donate to St Francis of Assisi or to https://www.priestsforlife.org in James's name.
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