THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James E. Lepinski
James Edward Lepinski, 60, of Mexico, Mo. died on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. of complications from heart surgery.
Born on Feb. 12, 1952 in Lena, he was the 13th child of the late John and Frances Lepinski. He was a 1971 graduate of The Dalles High School in The Dalles, Ore. and served in the United States Navy from 1971 to 1974.
Involved in aviation his entire adult life, he was a licensed A&P, IA and pilot. He was a very respected mechanic and loved to share his knowledge. He was currently serving on the Mexico Airport Board.
Surviving are his wife, Jo Anne Lepinski; his mother-in-law, Josephine Lipp of Mexico, Mo.; a daughter, Debbie (Alton) Morgan, a son, Nicholas (Rachel) Lepinski, stepsons, Scott and Ken Conley, five grandchildren and a step-grandson, all of Miami, Fla. He is further survived by five sisters, Joyce of Florida, Alice and JJ, both of the state of Washington, Mary of Oregon and Angie of Lena and four brothers, Bernie of Coleman and Paul, Tom and Bob, all of Oregon.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Norbert, Bill and infant Edward and two sisters, Agnes and Rosie.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Arnold Funeral Home, Mexico, Mo. with Rev. Rick Hopkins officiating. Visitation was held from noon until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial donations be made in his memory to the American Heart Association in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265. Even through his death he was a giving person, as an organ donor he helped over 50 people.