James M. Burkepile
James M. Burkepile, of Estes Park, Colorado, passed away at his son’s home in Santa Rosa, California, on September 16, 2012. Diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in 2004, he bravely fought a long battle with this disease.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on December 29, 1932, he graduated from Manitou Springs High School in 1950. Mr. Burkepile graduated from Colorado State University and served in the Coast Guard. He worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before returning to his beloved Colorado in 1966 to work for Ball Brothers Research Corporation. He was instrumental in the success of numerous space programs.
Jim and Diane were dedicated volunteers at Rocky Mountain National Park and League of Women Voters, among others. Those who knew Jim were aware that he never let the disease slow him down as he lived his life with enthusiasm.
Survived by his wife, Diane, of 59 years, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Gladys, his sister, Sandra, and twin granddaughters, Audra and Maureen. Left to mourn his loss are his brothers, Gary (Jhyree), Roger (Sue); daughters Jana of Ohio and Cindy (Mike Gibbons) of Colorado ; sons Brian of California and Jon of Colorado; grandchildren Peter, Kristin, Erik, Amy, and Kathleen; nieces Denise and Julie; and nephews Marc and Jeffrey.
A memorial service to commemorate Jim’s life is planned for October 10, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 1500 Ninth Avenue, Longmont, 80501 (303-776-4940). Reverend Robert Peters will be officiating at the service.
Those wishing to donate to a charity in Jim’s name are invited to select a charity of their choosing or to Rocky Mountain Nature Association, P. O. Box 3100, Estes Park, CO 80517 or to National Jewish Health, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80206.