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Lupient, Jim 1934 to 2011 Following a long and determined struggle with the complications of Parkinson's Disease, Jim Lupient left this life with peace and dignity. On the beautiful Sunday morning of August 14th, Jim went on to eternal life with his Heavenly Father. Having earned local, national and international acclaim for his automotive and real estate acumen, Jim was known as an ethical, audacious and self- made businessman. He was that, and so much more to those who truly knew him. He was a husband and loving partner to Barbara, his wife of 34 years; he was a proud father to his six children: Michael, Rick, Sandy Halseth (Dave), Jeff (Elizabeth), Jennifer (Richard Webb) and Teri Paynter; and he was a spoiling grandfather to his 6 grandchildren: Jacqueline, Joey, Lisa, Samantha, Alex and Matthew. Summer celebrations on Gull Lake will never be the same without Grandpa Jimmy. A kind and caring man, Jim was a steadfast friend. He attracted and kept friends with his good humor, silly jokes, constant generosity and fun-loving nature. With random acts of kindness, Jim made life a little brighter for many. Long after the onset of Parkinson's, Jim was a fun host to his Thursday morning tennis group. In golf, he claimed to be the "best putter in the world" and enjoyed the friends even more than he enjoyed the game. Jim was a first class party thrower who loved having people in his home, and was always available for a game of cards if someone had a deck. As an owner, leader and employer, Jim inspired legendary loyalty; many employees stayed with the Lupient businesses for their entire careers. Jim's legal and financial advisors were with him from his first deal through all of the hits and misses of his career. In addition, Jim was richly involved in the life of the community: Better Business Bureau, Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Dunkers, Bank Director, North Memorial Hospital and Foundation Boards, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church and other organizations. Generosity in many forms marked Jim's life. Born in South Dakota on November 14, 1934, Jim moved with his family to Saint Paul and then soon to Northeast Minneapolis when Jim was in grade school. Jim attended parochial school right up to Saint Thomas Academy, but he was unable to graduate when his father died and he became the support for his mother and three sisters. Without a high school diploma, but with a sharp mind, perseverance and a fabulous work ethic, Jim began his career in the automobile business at Schmelz Brothers' Kaiser Frazer. Jim's meteoric rise as a salesman took him to several other dealerships until he built his first store, Jim Lupient Oldsmobile, in 1969. The rest is Minnesota business history. In addition to his immediate family, Jim is survived and remembered by an ex-wife, Colleen, three sisters: Irene, Yvonne (Ron), Ginny (Jim) and numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. The Lupient family recognizes and thanks the special people who made Jim's life richer following the onset of Parkinson's: Drs. Eric Ahlskog and Scott Litin of the Mayo Clinic, Drs. Bill Conroy and nurse Faye Kamrath of Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital; and Jim's nurses at home: Laura, Lynn, Connie, Roseanna, Jackie and Rachel. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Mayo Clinic (200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905) or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411). A celebration of Jim's amazing life and love will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, August 18th at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis. There will also be a gathering of family and friends on Wednesday, August 17th from 4-8 PM at: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. and Hwy. 100

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Published in Star Tribune on Aug. 15, 2011.
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August 9, 2020
He was the best, honest which is a rare in this world in which we live. I live close to Lupient dealership and when I drive by I think of him all the time. I purchased many auto's from his dealership. I will miss his smile and warmth that he gave out so willingly. Lee/ Golden Valley
Lee Karsh
August 9, 2019
The best man that I have ever worked with and for...miss ya Jim...
Brad Arnold
Coworker
January 20, 2012
Jim was a great guy, and a true friend that I first met when he was selling used cars at Central Rambler. Bought many cars from him over the years and no matter how busy he was he always had time to handle my purchase himself. Was saddened to hear of his passing when my son told me about it recently but brought back a lot of great memories for me of Jim. My sincere condolences to his family.
Robert J. Rudolphi
November 24, 2011
Rick,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your father.I know how hard it is the loss of a parent.I think of you often and wish you and your daughter well wishes.You sure looked like your father. Lucky you because he was a great looking man.I didn't know him but it looks like we was very loved.Big hugs to you
Amy (Pence) Yost
September 15, 2011
Barbara and Family, I worked with Jim during my days at Primus and consider myself blessed to have known Jim as my friend. He brought me into his home and life as we made deals, played cards and played some golf. He made me laugh and he made me feel special and I truly beleived he cared about me as I did him. I will miss Jim and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Jim is one of the "good guys" Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy
September 1, 2011
Barbara and Family,

I had a wonderful time getting to know Jim the couple of years I worked at LAG. He really was a neat guy and just an all around good person. I'm so very sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers.
Katie Metcalf
August 22, 2011
Barbara & Family

Jim was Great ---- and helped so many people -- I wished I would of worked for him -- he was one of the most respected Dealers in the Auto Business. My prayers are with Family.
Roger Moody
August 21, 2011
Barbara and Family

Mt thoughts and prayers go out to you. I have been around the dealership since I was born (28 years), and have had lots of great memories. My dad has been there even longer. What a huge impact you have made on some many people as well as the community!
Alan Flanagan
August 20, 2011
My husband worked for Jim as a Service Manager in several of his dealerships. He respected and trusted him, which is a lot to say in the car business. He will be missed
Robin Buller
August 20, 2011
For many years when I was growing up, I lived next door to the Lupients. I didn't know Jim well other than to know he stepped up to the plate when his father died and went on to great success. I did know his mom and sisters, especially my buddy Ginny. My condolences to them and to his wife and family. May the Great Spirit bring you peace at this sad time.
Darlene (Ross) Brady
August 20, 2011
Jim was a great inspiration. It was a joy to hear his wonderful stories. The entire state of Minnesota lost a great man.It was fun working for his organization.
Rick Skinn
August 19, 2011
Jim was a great friend, and a great businessman. When I represented Buick in Minneapolis, Jim made life so easy for me. Barbara, I share in your loss.
What a fine gentleman!
George Benjamin
August 18, 2011
Barbara and family, We are sad to hear of your loss. Jim was a great man and touched thousands of peoples lives in a positive way. He was a pillar in our community and will be missed by many. His legacy lives on and will continue to help many more people. We respected Jim very much, he will be missed. It was a privilege to work at Jim Lupient Oldsmobile through the 80's with a good bunch of people.
Rick Arneson
August 18, 2011
Barbara, Rick and family,

Just a quick note to let you know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

I called on Jim and Rick as a Saturn zone manager. Jim was tough, but fair and I had great respect for him.

God's speed.

Jim Bement
Jim Bement
August 18, 2011
Barbara and family, My condolences to you during this very difficult time. I hope that you can make the time to share and savor all of the wonderful memories that Jim created for all of you during his lifetime. He was an exceptional husband, father, and grand-father and those who had the good fortune of knowing him were truly blessed. God Bless each of you and take care. Patricia Roberts, Troy, MI
Patricia Roberts
August 18, 2011
Dear Barbara and family, I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. The Lupient family was a fantastic group to work for. The last 18+ years of my life have been shaped by the multiple opportunities given to me by the Lupient family. I am forever grateful and appreciative of Jim and his generosity.

Alex Trevino
Alex Trevino
August 18, 2011
Your friends at REBS Marketing hold his business ethics in highest regard. Jim will be missed. We hope the example he set will never change. Bud Baker -Eden Prairie,MN
August 17, 2011
Sandy and Gerry Tepley
August 17, 2011
Dear Lupient family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jim was a great person to work for. He was an honest and ethical person with alot of compassion. I will never forget all of the great times we had at the Lupient picnics and the sales superstar trips .

I am a better person for having known Jim. He will be greatly missed by all who truly knew him. May Gods peace and love be with all of you. Thank you for being a great person to work for. I will always cherish my experiences with Jim Lupient Oldsmobile.

Sincerely,

Sandy and Gerry Tepley Prior Lake Mn
August 17, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about Jim, he was a really special man.

I worked at the Auto Mall for 14 years. I fell in love with the car business because of the exceptional way that Jim ran his company. Even after 4 years away from the dealership I still feel the pull of the business. I can't help but smile when I drive by a dealership - and think about all the great times.

I will always be thankful to the Lupient family for the memories and valuable experience.

I hope that the dealerships will move forward with Jim's integrity and continue his amazing legacy.

May your family find peace during this difficult time.
Linda Dicks
August 17, 2011
Barbara,Jeff,Elizabeth.So many people at the wake.Jim touched many hearts.What a legacy he left behind.Our prayers are with your family.Steve and Aggie Koutroupas
August 17, 2011
Jenny and I want to express our condolences to the Lupient Family. Both of us have had the honor of working for the Lupient Organization. God bless you.
Mike Lessner
August 17, 2011
Jim & I @ a RAINY grand opening of "Thackers Auto World"
Jim was a kind & generous man. Much of my advertising success can be attributed to his support. May God shed his peace on all who are grieving.
John Moroni
August 17, 2011
Dear Barbara and family

I have great memories of the many years selling for Jim. He was a kind and giving employer and friend.
Sincerely
Paul Casey
Paul Casey
August 17, 2011
I was truly blessed in my life to have had the opportunity as a young person, to be able to start out working for the most wonderful man in the business. So many memories of the great times we all had here, and all the wonderful things Jim did for his employees over the years. He was one in a million..Thank you Jim
Claudia Sime-Ill-Kraemer
August 17, 2011
Jackie, Rick and Family,

My deepest condolences to you and prayers for your Dad and Grandfather's memory of love and laughter to live on for you in your hearts.

Heidi Burns
Heidi Burns
August 17, 2011
My condolences to the Lupient family. I want you all to know my tremendous admiration for Jim. He was an inspiration to anyone who knew him.
John Dondelinger
John Dondelinger
August 17, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family: I knew Jim for over 50 years. If you all want to know how he got his passion for the card game gin - I know the secret. I will always cherish the times we had together at a ball game, golf, auto auction and the construction trailer on the Oldsmobile property. I loved sitting across from him in his office as the always started the conversation with a good joke. Then the conversation would turn as he was always interested in what was going on in my life and ready to offer business advise. He always had good advise - all you had to do is ask. Jim was a special person in my life - he will never be forgotten. Richard Proman
Richard Proman
August 17, 2011
Dear Barbara and Family,

I am sorry for your loss, you are in my and my families prayers.

I owe a debt to Jim for all he and your family have done for me. As you know, Jim made me start my business and helped me learn how to run it.

I will miss the gin games, his subtle suggestions and my proud association with the greatest salesman that ever lived.

God's Peace and Blessings be in your hearts!

Tom & Sandy Cullen
Tom Cullen
August 17, 2011
Barbara and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Fond memories and stories of Jim will long be remembered
Tim & Sue Redfield
August 17, 2011
Thanks to all of the Lupient family
for all the great memories,
from all of us. May the love from family and friends, help you through this most difficult time. He was truly "THE BEST" in every way. Much love from Roger,Claudia,Don & George Swedlund
August 17, 2011
Sandy and family,
I am unable to be there with you today or tomorrow as you celebrate the life of your father. However I will always be there in thought and through my prayers.
Place your right hand on your left shoulder, place your left hand on your right shoulder and squeeze really tight. This is me hugging you and comforting you on this beautiful but sad day.
I love you!
Shelly
August 16, 2011
Condolences to the Lupients. Jim was a fun guy and friend to our entire family. He is warmly remembered.
Joe Strangis Family
August 16, 2011
Barbara Lupient and Family, Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He truly touched my life in many ways and untold numbers of others. I've known Jim since 1968 when the Old's store was being built. In my younger work years at Lupient several personal crisis surfaced in my life and with Jim's counseling, generosity and kindness I became a better person because of his perserverence. I retired in December, 1999 from Lupient Chev. The lower show floor was cleared. It was then filled with employee's, customers, friends and family. A meal was served and Barbara and Jim honored me for years of service. I was very proud and grateful to be a part of the Lupient team and special things Jim did for me. Thank you Jim, Thank you Barbara
Doug & Barbara Shelstad
August 16, 2011
Jim Lupient was my inspirtion and friend for over 30 years. He will be missed,but I know he is in heaven playing gin.Thanks for everything.
Bob Banse
August 16, 2011
To Barbara and Family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and send our prayers. May you find comfort in knowing that he is now at peace with our Lord. Vicky & Art McGregor
Vicky McGregor
August 16, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lupient family. Jim truly was an amazing man. I am thankful to have be part of the Lupient "family" as an employee at Saturn and as a customer. It is obvious that Jim's ideals were carried through on every level.
Erica Thalmann
August 16, 2011
To Jim's family and friends,
Jim, Thank you for being you.
Brad Arnold
August 16, 2011
Barb and family,
My deepest condolences to you all during this most difficult time. I still have the centennial silver dollars in my Lupient Oldsmobile mug Jim gave me for helping run a little ride at the company picnic the summer I was your nanny. I am sorry love kept me from coming back for more summers with you but not sorry that it led me to marry the man I will celebrate 25 yrs of marriage with. You were great to work for and I truly am sorry for your loss. May he rest in God's eternal joy. Love, Beth Scallon Smith
August 16, 2011
Barb,
So sorry to read about your loss. It is clear you were married to a great man and he was married to a great lady.
Bob Daly
August 16, 2011
To the family,
So sad about Uncle Jim. My regards go out to you. I loved him so much and he will forever be in my heart. Brianna
Brianna Dockter
August 16, 2011
To Barbara and Family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I'll never forget when I met him at a bat-mitzvah, my wife and I were seated next to Jim and Barbara. We were both supposed to go to his main car lot on a Saturday and see how many cars the two of us could sell in one day. I was really looking forward to doing this but it just never happened. What a wonderful man and he sure knew how to touch people's lives. My heart goes out to you and your family.

-Eugene Gittelson and Family
Gittelson Jewelers
August 16, 2011
Barbara and family
Words can hardly express the sadness we feel on Jim's passing.

He will be remembered as a truly amazing man.
Jim had a way of making his friend's feel special and that's how he made me feel.

I am grateful for being part of Jim's life.

I am and will always be proud to be called a Lupient guy!

Linda and I wish you strength during these difficult times.
Joe Itman
August 16, 2011
To the Lupient Family,
Thank you for sharing Jim with the rest of us. He was such a wonderful man who will forever be missed; especially his sense of humor and his smile that could light up the room. God Bless you during this difficult time.
Heather and Steve Guilfoyle
August 16, 2011
To the Lupient Family,
Thank you for sharing Jim with the rest of us. He was such a wonderful man who will forever be missed; especially his sense of humor and his smile that could light up the room. God Bless you during this difficult time.
Steve and Heather Guilfoyle
August 16, 2011
To the family of Jim Lupient
I would like to express my condolences on the passing of Jim. He was responsible for getting my husband, Leo, started in the car business in the late 1950's.
God Bless.
Marlene Worts
August 16, 2011
Jim was an amazing man with an enormous amount of integrity and ethics. He was a leader in making sure that auto dealers advertise ethically and do the right thing! He was a big influence on me when I worked for the BBB in Minnesota. Barbara, he’ll be missed – but his legacy lives on! Thanks for sharing him with all of us!
Jane Driggs
August 16, 2011
Dear Barbara, Jeff, Jennifer, Mike, Rick, Sandy, Terri and extended Jim Lupient family members:

I'm saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a legendary business leader who contributed so much to the community. My family and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

Having grown up in Northeast and active with the Parks Department in Minneapolis, I know what a positive impact Jim made. Northeast, and beyond are better places because of Jim and your family. God Bless you all.
Dave Seawell
August 16, 2011
To all in the Lupient family...sorry to read of Jim's death,but happy that his long suffering has come to an end...We are out of town so unable to celebrate his life with you at the wake and funeral...be assurred that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you do so...Jim will be missed, but not forgotten.
Bill and Kathy kozlakPlymouth
August 16, 2011
Barbara, I'm so sorry for your loss what a great man. I am so lucky to have worked for the lupient organization, best 10 years of my 36 years in the car business. God bless you all.
Tim Froemming
August 16, 2011
To: The Lupient Family

In 1980 I met Jim and through the years continually admired a man who was always willing to take time to meet with people! His success never changed his passion for people and making a difference in life and to his employees!

Jim was one that never practiced friendship by talking about it, he acheived earning many real friendships becuase he cared and was a genuine man. His many kind and unknown acts of reaching out to people were never share by him. But those that received his acts of giving and sharing will never forget!

Jim Lupient was the consummate entrepreneur who proved that with a passion and a purpose a person can exceed their expectations. I am proud to have had the honor to have met, known and befriended him. John Crnokrak Madison, WI
August 16, 2011
Barbara, Mike, Rick, Sandy, Jeff, Jennifer and Terri:

Kathy and I are saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Jim was a wonderful host, great employer and excellent gin player. I will always remember the many good times we had with him. God bless you all.
Keith Phillips
August 16, 2011
What memories! Jim was a wonderful people person. He definitely earned his PHD in caring for others.

Barbara Kalin Bundt
Herzlia Israel
August 16, 2011
I was never fortunate enough to personally meet Jim Lupient. I was However very much more than Fortunate to have worked for one of his many enterprises over the years. The next time and EVERYTIME I Ride The Ride Enterprise Ride at Valleyfair I will think of Jim Lupient.

~ God Bless
Norm Stewart
August 16, 2011
Continue the summer fun on Gull Lake in his memory. It was his favorite place and he would want you to keep on enjoying those good times together.
August 15, 2011
I was very fortunate to have spent 12 years working for the Lupient organization, first at Lupient Buick, then at The Auto Mall. Mr Lupient was a wonderful man to work for, he always took care of his employees, and reminded me, family first. My son spent 2 years working at The Auto Mall as well, and agrees, Mr Lupient was the ultimate "Boss". My thoughts and prayers are with the Lupient family.
Betsy Dunderi-Brown
August 15, 2011
To the Lupient Family,

We are saddened by the news of Jim's death. As former neighbors, there were many good times and many great memories. Jim touched many lives and we are proud to have been a part of his life. God bless the Lupient Family.
The Wall Family
August 15, 2011
My deceased husband and I purchased many
automobiles from Jim. I enjoyed meeting with Jim at Lupient on Hwy 394 when Jim was actively contributing his charisma and friendliness to me and my husband. He will deeply missed by all who knew him personally as we did. May he rest in peace for ever Ms. Lee Karsh
August 15, 2011
Dear Barbara and entire family:

We are very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We pray for his peace and pray for your comfort. We were just talking of him this weekend and telling our family about times at Lupient Oldsmobile. The memories are so vivid of a good solid place to work and we are forever grateful for the many years of employment given to Jim. When Jim retired, your husband and father came over to the dealership and took Jim aside and asked him to walk with him in the back. They both talked about when Jim first started there in l970 and how things looked back then...and how things had changed. My husband said it was the most memorable part of his retirement day that he would come over and take the time to walk with him. He shook his hand and thanked him for his employment and needless to say, my Jim felt the same way. I can honestly say I never heard anything but praise for Jim Lupient. He said he really knew how to run a business and treated his employees right. Please know that we are thinking of you all and hold you in our hearts and prayers. God bless Jim Lupient.
Peggy and Jim Johnson
August 15, 2011
Mrs. Lupient & family, I first met Jim through my friend and BBB associate, Ron Graham. I was delighted by Jim's fun, warm personality. I learned much from listening to his interesting business stories. Jim's deep concern for the reputation of those in the auto industry was a mark of his own personal integrity. While I have not seen Jim in over 10 years he made a life time impression as someone I will never forget. I send my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family.
Kathleen Calligan
August 15, 2011
Jim was not only my Uncle, he was my Godfather. Mom would always tell stories of her & Jim growing up as kids. I miss you already, take care of Grandma while you're up there...
Anthony Erdman
August 15, 2011
Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Jim will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Tedros Gebre
August 15, 2011
I have worked for Jim for most of my career. I learned many things from him about how to treat the people that work for you. Someday, I hope to be half as good at it as he was.
Skip Cady
August 15, 2011
Jim was remarkable A completely self made man. I remember listening to him speak at meetings CHARISMA times 10 enthusiastic witty fun and best of all down to earth. I am proud say " I work For Jim Lupient" one of my heroes I try to emulate
My condolonces to the Lupient family
Paul Miller
August 15, 2011
My daughter was in sales at Lupient and I always heard many wonderful things about Jim Lupient. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cheryl Åsvang (Indre Arna, Norway)
Cheryl Åsvang
August 15, 2011
Barbara and family

Diane and I were sorry to hear of the death of Jim.

I had a 25 year plus partnership with Jim based on mutual trust, I cherish those memories.

May God give you strength for these difficult times
Verdell Bothun
August 15, 2011
August 15, 2011

Jim Lupient personified the best of
Minnesota, and he will be sorely missed.

Jim's love of family and friends, his compassion for people in need and his legendary business success leave a great
lasting legacy.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Barb and all the Lupient family.

Jim and Kathryn Ramstad, Wayzata
Jim Ramstad
August 15, 2011
Barbara and family
So sorry to hear of Jim's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

We had a partnership based on mutual trust for over 25 years I cherish those memories.

May God give you strength during these difficult times.
Verdell Bothun
August 15, 2011
Jim was the greatest boss of all time. The most generous and thoughtful. He will be missed.
PAT CHIERO
August 15, 2011
I was an employee of Jim's for many years. I am very sad to hear of his loss.
Jim, Rick and Barbara were all very good to me in the years that I work for the Lupients. Jim was an amazing boss and most of all an amazing person. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Lupient family. May Jim rest in peace and free from his pain. May you all keep special memories and thoughts of Jim in your thoughts and in your hearts through this very difficult time. I am very sorry for your loss. Jim will be greatly missed.
Tammy Anderson
August 15, 2011
Sandy and Family,
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Susie Warumzer
August 15, 2011
JIM WAS A WONDERFUL BUSINESSMAN HE WILL BE MISSED IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
August 15, 2011
My thought's and prayers to all of the family. Jim was larger than life , making everyone feel special.
Ron Bartosch
August 15, 2011
Jim's unique combination of brilliance in business and his great heart benefited many thousands of lives. Jim became a mentor and board member to a little start-up company I founded with Gary Cohen in 1987. Jim met with us regularly, over many years, providing us a phenomenal education and wise counsel. His guidance was an important foundation for us to build a business that employed thousands of people - people across the country whose lives were better because Jim never hesitated to help us and others. I now make sure to pass on the great lessons Jim provided to us, whenever I get the chance to mentor others. (One example of Jim's advice for making hard decisions: Never do anything that you wouldn't be happy to see as the headline in tomorrow's morning news.)
Of course, Jim will be dearly missed by his many friends and family, but his impact will also be missed by the many thousands of people whose lives he touched without them ever knowing of the power of his advice and attention. There were so many businesses like ours - businesses who provided paychecks and the opportunity to achieve to so many people, who benefited from Jim's incredible generosity with his time, his experience and his wise counsel. It will be a significant legacy for a truly exceptional man.
Rick Diamond
August 15, 2011
Jim Lupient was very good to me since I first met him in 1975. He gave me an opportunity of a lifetime, and forgave me of many miscues during my association with him. My prayers go out to Barbara and the family. Perry Bedenbender
August 15, 2011
Jim Lupient was a great man and a great leader. Someone a lot of people look up to. He will be missed. The lupient family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Chelsey Olson
August 15, 2011
Jim, was my first landlord on Wayzata Blvd when I started my bsuiness. Very fair guy who taught be a lot about realestate in a short time. He will be missed in the community!
Michael and Carole Baker
August 15, 2011
My sincere sympathy to the Lupient family for such a great loss. Jim was a wonderful man and a great person to work for. He will truly be missed by everyone.
Becky Stenson
August 15, 2011
Here's to ya, Jim :clink:
Anonomus
August 15, 2011
Dear Lupient Family: I'm so sorry for your loss. May your hearts soon be filled with great memories of your times together as you celebrate a life well lived. I'll always be thankful for the opportunity Jim gave me and my family and what a wonderful person he was. Jim truly lived and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Terry Siede
August 15, 2011
Condolences to Jim's family from a St. Thomas Academy classmate.
Robert Langran
August 15, 2011
Rick, Jacqueline and all of the Lupient Family;

My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. "In the seeds of this life, we find hope for a better life to come… May it comfort you to know that your loved one is now at peace."

Thinking of you.
Corina Booth
August 15, 2011
We always enjoyed our friend and neighbor! Jim was the ultimate salesman and a good person.
Mitzi & Terry Kane
August 15, 2011
Jim Lupient brought incredible joy to me and so many others over the years. Barbara - your sorrow is my sorrow. I'm thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.
Victoria Heller
August 15, 2011
I have known Jim over half my life. His generosity, wisdom, joyfulness had a real and sustained impact on me. It seems when ever I find myself telling a story with Jim in it there is a huge smile on my face and he is bigger than life. My life has been way richer having known Jim. I met him on the big bitters ski trip in Vail in 1980 while in high school and he volunteered to sit on our companies board for many years. He always made himself available. My thoughts go out to the family and all the many of us who hold him in our hearts.
Gary Cohen
August 15, 2011
Oh, my dear Barbara! I am so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. But we can rejoice that he is with his true Father now - no more pain, no more illness, only joy. My prayers are with you for peace, comfort and wishes that the Lord will wrap his arms around you and give you peace - lifting you on Eagles Wings, holding you in the palm of His hand. I will be thinking of all of you who loved Jim so tomorrow and always. Love and blessings.
Deb Snell
August 15, 2011
Jim was truly an amazing man who through his hard work, dedication, and passion, built a very reputable and successful business. I’m sure his family life was no different.

I will never forget the day my father introduced me to Jim approximately twenty years ago. It was time for my parents to purchase a new car, my father wanted to make sure he purchased their car from Jim. As the story goes, Jim sold his first car on the day of my parents wedding when he worked at Schmelz Bros.

I will always remember Jim as a very humble man with a huge heart. He shared stories with me about my grandfather who urged him to get into real estate and how my parents wedding day provided him the opportunity to put on suit and sell his first car. As Jim put it…he never stopped selling after that day.

The last time I saw Jim was almost fourteen years ago when Jim attended my father’s funeral. That meant a lot to me and my family. Jim was an inspiration to all that knew him.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Lupient family during this difficult time. If Jim was golfer, I bet Jim and my father are enjoying a heavenly round of golf about now…

God Bless,
Wally Schmelz
Wally Schmelz
August 15, 2011
I was so sorry to hear of your lost. I was blessed to meet Jim in the early 80's when my Daughter, Teri & later Kelly worked for the family. I will always be thankful for all he did for them.
Ronald Paynter
August 15, 2011
My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jim was the kindest most caring man I know. I will miss him.
Kim Franklin
August 15, 2011
My deepest condolences to the Lupient Family, Jim will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Donnie Copp
August 15, 2011
We were so sad to hear of uncle Jim's passing. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Kyle, Mandy, Henry and William Posthumus
August 15, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Jim was truly an amazing and terrific man.

Fabian Macken
Fabian Macken
August 15, 2011
Kia Motors Central Region offers our thoughts and prayers to the Lupient family.
Mike Helgesen
August 15, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the family . I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Lupient's passing.

Respectfully,
Bob Kammerich
Infiniti of Kansas City
August 15, 2011
Sandy, Dave, Samantha, Alex, Matthew
and all of the Lupient family.
Our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Michele (Shelly) Kroska
August 15, 2011
Jeff and Lupient family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for your loss.

Melissa Yajko
Melissa Yajko
August 15, 2011
I was honored and blessed to have known Jim and had the pleasure of spending time with him. I will never forget him and am very saddened by his passing. He will be missed.
Beth Petermeier
August 15, 2011
My Dad Paul Keup enjoyed working with Jim and Barbara during the sale of Keup Motors to the Lupients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karl Keup
Karl Keup
August 15, 2011
My condolences. I have worked for Lupient Enterprises since 1996, he was an inspiration & ethical man.
Nancy Schumacher
Nancy Schumacher
August 15, 2011
Barbara and family, my 19 plus years with Jim and the organization were simply the most instrumental and positive career years of my life. I have no idea where I'd be without my relationship with Jim and regardless of how our final year ended, could not be more grateful for his encouragement, trust, fun, education and his ability to let me "sink or swim". I believe that we both "Swam" long and far for many years together. He will always be a part of me. I am a better person for having known and worked with him. Doug Sailor
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