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.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 10, 2017.