James H. “Jim” Wuepper

MARQUETTE, MI. – James H. “Jim” Wuepper of Marquette, Michigan, formerly of Bay City, Michigan passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, age 92 years. The son of the late Emil and Emma (Walter), Wuepper was born July 16, 1924 in Highland Park, MI. At 17 He enlisted and proudly served in the US Marine Corps during WW II. He saw action in the South Pacific with the first marine division. From his time spent there, he gained a lifelong friendship in Valerie Smith and her family, while recovering from malaria in Melbourne, Australia.

After returning home, He found employment with Michigan Bell, the New York Central Railroad and the U.S Postal Service. Mr. Wuepper had a great passion for vintage farm equipment, particularly steam engines, but most of all, traveling with his wife Joann to visit their children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bay City.

He is survived by one daughter and one son-in-law; Linda and Raymond Little of Bay City, two sons and two daughters-in-law; James Wuepper and Kathryn Oien of Marquette, Michigan and William and Fanice Wuepper of Marquette, MI, ten grandchildren; Jennifer Periard, Jeremiah Periard, Elizabeth Juras, Jason Wuepper, Maggy (Craig) Moore, Rob Cowell, Emma Wuepper, Timothy Wuepper, Marsha Yant and Jody Little. His great-grandchildren; Ryan, Eryn, Olivia, Jack, Ethan, Cate, Shawn, Julianna, Jace, Boden and Maverick. One great- great-granddaughter, Aria; one aunt, Lois Peters; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Florence J. Wuepper; one son, Ross Wuepper; one brother, Howard Wuepper.

Funeral and Committal Services will take place Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. William H. Allwardt followed by Military Honors conducted by the Bay County Veterans Council with private interment in Floral Gardens Cemetery.

The family will be present at the funeral home on Tuesday to receive family and friends from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mr. Wuepper will be taken to the church on Wednesday to lie in state from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Jacobetti Veteran’s Facility for the wonderful care given Jim for the past four and a half years. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans or Zion Lutheran Church in Bay City.