James Estepp, 87, of Lucasville, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, March 9, 2012, at his residence.
He was born October 3, 1924, in Pike County, Ky., a son of the late Millard and Pricy Blackburn Estepp.
Jim was a retired U.S. Rural Mail carrier for 20 years, a former insurance agent with Commonwealth Life Insurance Company, and a member of the Madison Missionary Baptist Church. Jim was a WWII U.S. Army veteran being decorated with The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart for wounds received in France, and the ETO ribbon. Jim was most proud of his Combat Infantry Badge with the blue rifle and silver wreath because 80 percent of its recipients had met the enemy face to face. His memberships include William A. Baker Post of the American Legion, charter member and life member Order of the Purple Heart Post 671, DAV Peerless Ch. 10, VFW Post 3638, Combat Infantryman’s Association, AmVets Post 2352, 36th Division Association., and American Order of French Croix De Guerre.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Downing Estepp, whom he married November 11, 1946, in Pikeville, Ky.; two daughters Brenda Sue Gifford of Lucasville and Denise (Tom) Taylor of Buckeye Lake, Ohio; six grandchildren Angela (Mike) Davis, Greg Mathis, Chris (Lauren) Mathis, Nathan (Theresa) Mathis, Melinda (Paul) Sutherland, and Amy Mathis; and 10 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one great-granddaughter; and one sister Margie Bucci.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon, Tuesday, March 13, at the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville with Kevin Gullion officiating. Entombment will follow in Memorial Burial Park where graveside military rites will be performed by the William A. Baker and James Irwin Posts of the American Legion. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday and for an hour before the service Tuesday.