In Memory of

James

"Jim"

Walter

Keiper

Obituary for James "Jim" Walter Keiper

James Walter Keiper, 67 of Twin Falls, Idaho passed away from lung cancer on January 26, 2023, at Heritage Assisted Living. In answer to the many prayers of his family, James went peacefully in his sleep.

James, also known as Jim, Jimmy (or Jimbo to his family) was born on January 27, 1955, in Long Beach, California to Henry Walter Keiper and Marion Betty Keiper (Richardson). James would be their only son.

At a young age, Jimmy and his three sisters moved from California with their dad to Dodge City, Kansas. The years in Kansas would be the best years of their childhood. They loved having their beloved grandmother and two aunts nearby. They truly loved the good people there who had been lifelong friends of the Keiper family. Jim and his sisters favorite school years were spent in one room school houses they attended while living in Kansas.

In 1966, at about the age of 11, James moved to Spokane, Washington with his dad, sisters, new stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother. While Jim missed family and friends in Kansas, he became good friends with his stepbrother Lloyd. Jim finally had a brother and so did Lloyd. While in Spokane Jim was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, where he received the Aaronic Priesthood. He earned a few Boy Scout badges as well. James was not an active member later in life.

With his family, James moved to Clarkston, Washington in the Spring of 1967. At about age 15, Jimmy left home and moved in with his mom in Portland, Oregon. He continued living in Portland after his mom passed away in 1998, until his worsening mental illness made it difficult to live alone. He then came to his older sister, Jenice in Twin Falls, Idaho. She became his POA and watched over him. Jimmy enjoyed their trips to Walmart and the D.I. store, but his favorite thing to do was get A&W burgers and root-beer floats. It was his treat after any appointments. Sometimes going to A&W was just something to do! A couple days before he passed, Jim and Jenice were sharing his A&W fries, talking a little, but mostly enjoying the time together, never knowing it would be their last.

James lived in a few places around Twin Falls, but Heritage Assisted Living was his last and favorite place. Heritage was “home”. He lived his best life there and had friends among the residents, with Nan, his table mate, being his best friend. He loved the employees who served him. They cared about him and loved him. Jim’s family is grateful for their loving care especially as his health declined and he required more assistance.

James was a kind and a compassionate soul with a tender heart. He was unselfish to all and was always appreciative of whatever anyone did for him. He would always excuse anyone’s short comings and never took offense. Jim was a very forgiving person, never holding a grudge. His spirit was so gentle and kind. He was a pleasure to be around.

James enjoyed when he went to his sisters’ home for family gatherings and meals. It was loud and noisy, but he would sit, watch, and smile. He loved the eating part best and praised all those who prepared the meal. He brought a spirit of peace with him.

Jimbo loved his sisters, Jenice, Jody and Jana. They love him too and are happy knowing his mind is now strong and healthy and his lungs are now functioning perfectly. James came to be a great blessing in his older sisters life rather than a burden. All of his sisters miss him deeply and he has left a void in their lives.

James Walter Keiper is survived by his older sister Jenice Eccles (Bob) of Filer, Idaho. Sister Jody Sue Keiper of Spokane, WA. Sister Jana Sprague of Spokane, WA. Half-sister Amanda Tiedemann of Boise, Idaho. Stepbrother Lloyd D. Herring (Dorann) of Albuquerque, N.M. Stepsister Barbara Trowbridge of Boise, Idaho. Cousin Carolyn Caruthers of Urbandale, Iowa. As well as many nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews and great great niece and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his father H.W. Keiper of Buhl, Idaho. Mother Marion Betty Hunter (Richardson) of Portland, Oregon. Stepmother Hazel L. Keiper (Hammitt).

There will be a private family memorial, sometime in the spring of 2023.