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Thomas "Tim" James Stepetic Jr.

Thomas "Tim" James Stepetic, Jr., age 77, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Stepetic; father, Thomas Stepetic, Sr., and son-in-law, Hugh D. Shoults. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lorrie, his children Jennifer, David (Risako), Kelly, and Jamie; grandchildren Nick and Shelly Shoults and Emma Stepetic; and his sister, Betsy (Robert) Peckman.

Tim was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 1940 and grew up in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. Because of his Pittsburgh roots, he was an avid Steelers and Penguins fan, attending many games, and his passion has been carried on to his family. He graduated from Wooster College in1962 with a BA in Geology and later received his MBA from the University of Utah.

After graduating, he joined the Air Force where he served for 23 years and was stationed all around the world in various capacities. While in the Air Force, he was decorated with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, Tim was employed by the University of New Mexico, first with NMERI and then at The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI). He retired from OMI in 2009.

Tim, after overcoming alcoholism, was passionate about reaching out to counsel & mentor those in need of support with recovery.

He was a dedicated volunteer in the Albuquerque community, including but not limited to Heading Home, Albuquerque Reads, Rio Grande Food Project, Good Shepherd, ARTA, Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico, and post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts in Houma, Louisiana. A recent distinction of his volunteer service was being highlighted by Central New Mexico United Way Volunteer Spotlight.

Tim was also active at his church, Shepherd of the Valley PCUSA, where he served as an elder, a deacon, a choir member, and coordinator of the annual Shepherd of the Valley's Greater ABQ Habitat for Humanity Chile Festival.

To continue his legacy of volunteerism, his family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Heading Home, Rio Grande Food Project, or Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico.

Tim's family would like to thank the staff at Kaseman Hospice. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 11:00am at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church at 1801 Montano Road NW, with reception to follow.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 10, 2017.
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January 3, 2020
Tim was a character. Ironic and smart. Very often being in a of a bureaucrats chair, he could never become one. He had rare ability to see a human behind a paper. That is why inside TSET team he, probably, gained more respect between Russians than between Americans. He will stay in our memory with his ironic smile and Solomonic eyes.
Oleg Izhvanov
December 22, 2017
Dear Lorrie,
Just received word of Tim's passing. He was my good friend. I loved his sense of humor and we shared many laughs together with our buddies on the Air Base project in Israel. Hard to believe that was almost 40 years ago! May he rest in peace! Please know that you are in our prayers
Jim & Claudette Cranston
December 18, 2017
Lorrie and family
Very sorry to hear of Tim's passing.
He was a special person.
Jane Davidson
December 16, 2017
Dear Lorrie and family.
We are so sorry to hear of Tim's passing. When I first met Tim, you and the girls in 1991 at the AIBF, you were so welcoming. Then we met up with Tim and Kelly in Peru, which I'm so glad we did. Our thoughts are with you and your family, Lorrie. Tim will always be with you through memories.
Orlean & Jim Moran
December 14, 2017
Lorrie and family,
So sorry to hear of Tim's death.
Mark and I knew Tim (and Lorrie) first through Shepherd of the Valley. When I learned he was a candidate for the position at OMI I was delighted and so glad he came! He brought a special sense of direction and sensitivity to the office and his outreach to students was especially valuable. He was a friend and colleague. He is missed.
Patty and Mark McFeeley
December 12, 2017
I'm very sad to hear of Tim's passing. He will be greatly missed by all. Loved his sense of humor at OMI. My condolences to Lorrie and family. Sending love & prayers.
Sylvia Baker
December 12, 2017
Tim was a man who lived his faith everyday. He was a dedicated to his Home Team and made a difference in people's lives. I enjoyed getting to know him through my work at Heading Home... he always had a smile, always offering to help. Tim knew how to show up. He will be greatly missed.
Stephanie Johnson
December 12, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Tim for many years at OMI. He was a kind person and he will be missed.
Luana Buelow
December 11, 2017
Jennifer, Nick and Shelly, we are so very sorry for your loss. We grew very fond of your Dad/Granddad in a very short time. Sending hugs and prayers for you, and Lorrie and Kelly and Jamie.
Elaine, Tom, Bri, and Kendra Henthorn
December 11, 2017
My deepest condolences to the Stepetic family. I worked with Tim at OMI and will remember his kindness and delightful sense of humor (especially when in custom for halloween). He will be missed.
Alexandra Garley
December 11, 2017
Very fond memories of Tim and our volunteer time together at the Albuquerque Opportunity Center. We need more people like him.
Fred Bales
December 11, 2017
Tim, my favorite volunteer at Heading Home AOC, every Monday & Friday. You are missed Tim/
Lorey Talbot
December 11, 2017
It is sad to hear about the loss of a special person like Mr. Stepetic. I hope that your memories will bring you joy, and be assured that God is eager to comfort those in pain. ~Psalm 147:3~
December 11, 2017
Jennifer, Shelly and Nick, so very sorry to hear the passing of your Dad/granddad. Thoughts and prayers are being said for safe travels home.
Linda and Steve Henry
December 11, 2017
Lorrie and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am so glad we visited Tim on Friday and were able to let him know we were there and care. We will always remember the good times with you both. He is in a better place now.
Betty and Pete Humphrey
December 11, 2017
I only knew Tim a short time and under trying circumstances. His calm, steady spirit and faith were visible attributes and indicators of his love of family and friends. I wish we had more time.
Tom Woloszyn
December 11, 2017
Joyce and I are saddened that Tim has gone on from family and friends but know that he is happy in his reward in the presence of the Lord Jesus! We are praying for you and the family to be able to fill the void with great thoughts and memories of times past and look forward to joining him when your time comes! I have many great memories of the days I had the pleasure of working with and for Tim on several programs during our final Air Force career days and as NMERI and University of New Mexico employees. May God bless you and your families in the days aheaad!

T.D. and Joyce McCarson
T.D. & Joyce McCarson McCarson
December 11, 2017
It has been more than 20 years since Topaz program was completed. Russian specialists had an opportunity to get acquainted with the wonderful people in this country. Tim was the person who was part of the life of the program and the people in this program. He always smiled and inspired confidence. He will remain so in our memory. Lorrie, children, grandchildren and all the relatives of Tim accept our sincere condolences. A participant in the Topaz program from Russia will always remember Tim with gratitude and sadness.
Sergei Galkin, Sergei Busin and other Russian participants of the program.
Sergei Galkin
December 10, 2017
Dear Lorrie, Kelly & Jamie, our love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the knowledge that Tim is at peace with his Lord.
Betty & Arturo Rangel
December 10, 2017
Lorrie, PJ & I are very saddened to hear of Tim's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tony & PJ
December 10, 2017
Tim was a great personality. He radiated good humor and optimism all over around. It was such a pleasure to see him every time visiting Albuquerque. It will be impossible to forget his open smile with a good portion of irony. A person is alive till he remembered. My condolences to his family.
TSET Program member.
Oleg Izhvanov
December 10, 2017
Jen and family, I'm so very sorry to hear this. Thinking of you all during this sad time.
Karen McGovern
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