James Kolpien of Ripley N.Y., died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pa. after a short illness.
He was born Feb. 11, 1945, in Ripley, N.Y., the son of the late Herbert Bly and Mabel (Lamphert) Kolpien.
Mr. Kolpien had previously worked for Landsmith Cherry Corp. of Ripley, N.Y. His last place of employment was in the maintenance department of the Ripley School System.
He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of Westfield.
Survivors include his wife, Jean F. (Nichols) Kol-pien, whom he married June 13, 1970, in Westfield, N.Y.; a daughter, Brenda (Christopher) McKelvey of Fredonia; a son, LeRoy Kolpien of Dunkirk; a brother, Roger (Cindy) Kolpien of Westfield, N.Y.; a sister, Marion Waters of Ripley, N.Y.; three grandsons: Samuel Bly McKelvey, Benjamin and Elijah McKelvey; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Kolpien of Ripley, NY.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Vince Sanzo officiating.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service and may call at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley, N.Y., Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. Interment at East Ripley Cemetery.
Donations in Mr. Kolpien’s memory may be made to the Ripley Fire Department; or the American Cancer Society.