James Edward Tenopir was born to Raymond James Tenopir and Evalyn Lucille (Zabel) Tenopir on Oct. 26, 1959, in Lincoln, and passed away Dec. 31, 2022, in Houston, Texas.
Jim grew up in Crete with a doting family. He was the youngest of six children, sharing a birthday with sister Mary, 11, years apart. Jim attended Crete Public schools, later moving to Houston, Texas. In Texas, Jim received his Associates Degree of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology. Jim worked with his father doing small engine repair, moving on to vehicle maintenance and shop supervisor for Mrs Baird Bakery, (later becoming Bimbos), for 30 years.
Jim stayed in Houston, saying it was too cold to come back north. He met Misha and they shared their lives together for more than 25 years. They enjoyed traveling and sharing new cuisines together. Jim’s coworker shared, Jim liked to drive, because he took many long trips across the United States. Together, they made many friends that became extended family. Jim was kind, non-judgmental, quiet, generous, funny, contemplative and determined. Sometimes called stubborn. When Jim spoke, you wanted to be sure to hear, for it would bring a smile and a chuckle. His quiet words were always worthwhile. Jim was loved by all who met him and a believer in Jesus Christ our Lord. Rest In peace, Jimbo, for you are dearly loved and missed.
He is proceeded in death by his grandparents; parents; brother, Robert Charles Tenopir; and his best friend and loved companion, Christine “Misha” De Leon Gepte. Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his siblings, Mary Humphrey (Ken), Sue Tenopir, Rick Tenopir (Deborah), and Julie Stovall (Terry); sister-in-law, Christine Cooke Tenopir; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., at Elevate Church, 8251 Pioneers Blvd. In Lincoln. The family invites guests to stay and visit afterwards.