James Edwin Epley, age 70 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away suddenly Friday evening, May 10, 2019 at his home. Jim was born on April 16, 1949 in Austin, Minnesota, to Earl and Margaret (Mueller) Epley. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1967. He then went on to attend Austin Community College for one year. On September 16, 1978, Jim married Cheryl Andrews at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Jim worked at Hormel Foods for over 41 years, but what he enjoyed most was farming with his brothers. He collected toy tractors, trucks and NASCAR. Jim also enjoyed gardening, traveling to Colorado to see his family, and loved to go to Walt Disney World in Florida. Jim was well loved and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his mother, Margaret Epley of Austin, MN; loving wife, Cheryl Epley of Austin, MN; daughter, Shelly (Jason) Buresh of Golden, CO; two grandchildren, Noah and Amelia; siblings, Richard Epley of Austin, MN, Darlene (Dean) Pater of Derby, KS, Roger (Lana) Epley of Austin, MN, Mary Jo (Michael) McKinney of Apple Valley, MN, Jane (Lynn) Sathre of Adams, MN; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Epley.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin with Father James Steffes officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with a rosary service to follow at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Austin, Minnesota. Memorials can be directed to the family. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.