James Steffensen

James H Steffensen

Friday, January 8th, 1932 - Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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1/8/1932 - 4/3/2020

A happy reunion recently took place in the heavens …

James H. (Jim) Steffensen was born in Chicago in 1932, the only child of J. Howard and Frances F. Steffensen. He had a happy childhood, and spoke fondly of his summers in Wisconsin with his Aunt Flossie, and at a nearby YMCA camp. Jim moved with his parents to Denver in 1950, where he attended The University of Denver College of Business, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1953. That same year he married the first love of his life, Barbara (Lent), with whom he had two daughters. Jim and Barb settled with their young family in Littleton in 1956, where he lived until 1975.

Jim was widowed in 1965. The following year, he reconnected with an old family friend of Barb’s, Janice (Hepperly), who soon became the second great love of his life. Jim and Jan were married in 1967, and together raised his two (Kathy and Karen) and her three (Jeanne, June and Joyce) daughters. He considered being the father of these five daughters one of the greatest accomplishments of his life.

Jim and Jan relocated to the Western Slope in 1975 and lived out the rest of their time together in what they referred to as “God’s country.” They took pride in maintaining a beautiful home, and Jim was meticulous about keeping a perfectly manicured lawn. In their later years, they were known to sit hand-in-hand outside on warm evenings to “watch the world go by.”

Jim was widowed for a second time in 2007. Five years later he returned to the Front Range to be closer to his family, settling first in Littleton and later in Lakewood.

He will be remembered by his loving family for his love of our great nation, its flag, and all things patriotic; his fondness for old Western movies and television shows; his child-like joy and wonderment during the Christmas season; his “gift of gab;” and last but not least, his adoration for any and every dog he ever laid eyes on (with a special nod toward beagles). There was jubilation in the heavens on April 3rd when he was reunited not only with his two beloved wives, but with his many special doggy friends as well.

Jim was an honest, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth man, and will be deeply missed. He leaves behind his five daughters, three sons-in-law, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.
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Kathy Armitage

Posted at 04:28pm
Today’s the day Dad became a dad, way back in 1954. It’s also the first time in 66 years I won’t be receiving a call or card from him wishing me a happy day. So today is bittersweet. I’m thrilled for him, but sad for me. 😔 miss you Dad!!!

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