James Scepaniak, 81

obit-Scepaniak-James-Photo James “Jim” Scepaniak, a resident of Holdingford, passed away peacefully Dec. 19, 2012, at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud surrounded by his family.

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of James was held Monday, Dec. 24 at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford, with Father Greg Mastey officiating.

Jim was born March 23, 1931, in Holdingford, to Joseph and Anna (Winskowski) Scepaniak. He married Marlene Rapp, November 25, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. Jim served his country as an Army Ranger from 1949-1952 where he was a Sgt. 1st class and a paratrooper instructor. Jim loved his tractors and being on his farm. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Marlene and their children; Tom (Eda) Scepaniak, Jane (Rich) Stiller and Mary Jo (Mike) Peterson; grandchildren; Jared, Shannon, Rachel, Rebecca, Nick, Laura, Danielle, Kelsey, Jack and Aaron; seven great-grandchildren and his brother, Dan Scepaniak.

He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Anna Scepaniak; son, Tim; siblings, Mary Hilke, William Scepaniak, Clemens Scepaniak, Sylvester Scepaniak, Eleanor Scepaniak, Louis Scepaniak, Clarence Scepaniak, Lucy Schueler, Anthony Scepaniak, Dorothy Johnston and Adeline Rivard.