James Lewis Keiper, 74, Dresbach, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at their winter home in LeHigh Acres, Florida.
A private funeral service for family will be at a later date, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona.
James Keiper was born Dec. 28, 1946, to Cleo and Bernice (Blumentritt) Keiper in Winona.
He married Margaret Chapin on March 16, 1968, and they had two children, James C. and Tamera Keiper.
He married Karen (Wilson) Rockman on June 14, 1986, in Luverne.
James served 14 years in the Minnesota National Guard. He was a member of the Alpha-Phi-Omega Fraternity and graduated from Winona State College in 1969. He taught industrial arts at Luverne High School in Luverne, and he owned a cabinet shop. He enjoyed woodworking, collecting and polishing rocks, fishing and hunting.
He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in
Onalaska, Wisconsin, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fort Myers, Florida.
James is survived by his wife, Karen; son James C. (Carla) Keiper; daughter Tamera Keiper; grandchildren Mariah (Dillon) Gronseth, Chelsie Keiper (fiancé Zachary Hoeper), Nathan Keiper, and Brian Keiper; great-granddaughter Eira Gronseth; stepchildren Jodi (Joseph) Nasers, Todd (Trisha) Rockman, and Daren Rockman; stepgrandchildren Jeffrey Nasers, Justin (Danielle) Nasers, Jessica (Jordan) Loerts, Jacob Nasers, Kade Rockman, Ruby Rockman, Riley Rockman, Hunter Rockman, and Gannon Rockman; two stepgreat-grandchildren, McKinley and Caysen Loerts; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Arrangements were provided by Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home of Winona, www.watkowski-mulyck.com