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In Memory of

Jimmy Lee Zeppa

January 1, 1949 - March 21, 2015

Obituary


Jim Zeppa, 65, passed away in his sleep at home on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Olympia, Washington. He was the first baby born in Richmond, California on January 1, 1949 to Norman and Josephine (Montgomery) Zeppa, who just missed have another little tax deduction.

Jim is survived by Becky, his wife of 45 years; son, Christopher; five siblings: Ben, Mary, Jake, Roberta and Paul, and many loving nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his baby son, Paul, brother Norman Zeppa, Jr. and his parents.

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Jim Zeppa, 65, passed away in his sleep at home on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Olympia, Washington. He was the first baby born in Richmond, California on January 1, 1949 to Norman and Josephine (Montgomery) Zeppa, who just missed have another little tax deduction.

Jim is survived by Becky, his wife of 45 years; son, Christopher; five siblings: Ben, Mary, Jake, Roberta and Paul, and many loving nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his baby son, Paul, brother Norman Zeppa, Jr. and his parents.

He graduated from Harry Ells High School in Richmond, California in 1967, was drafted into the Army in 1968 serving two years at Fort Carson, Colorado. On September 6, 1969, he married the former Becky Anderson. Jim Zeppa was many things, a hard working employee, loyal and generous friend, devoted husband and father, loving uncle and brother. He believed in helping others and doing the right thing, but most of all he believed in family.

Jim spent 33 years in the grocery industry, working up from retail clerk at Lucky Stores in California to store manager at Mega Foods in Tacoma retiring in 2001. He enjoyed his 13 year career with the Washington State Patrol and planned to retire this year. He was a thinker, problem solver, planner and innovator. He was proud of his four chief coins and was Supply Section employee of the year in 2006 and WSP Civil Service employee of the year in 2012.

Jim loved a bargain - never paid full price for anything unless it was for his family. He was modest and didn't care much for material things. He loved traveling, fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, reading historical books and walking his dog, Lucia. He spent his life helping others.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Mils & Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, Washington. Refreshments will be available immediately following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Union Gospel Mission of Olympia, P O Box 7668, Olympia, WA 98507-7668 - (360)709-9725.