James Joseph Teply, age 62, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at his home in Hutchinson from colon cancer.
He was born Aug. 21, 1946, in Glencoe, the son of Stanley and Marian (Zavoral) Teply. James was baptized and confirmed in his faith as an adult.
He was a graduate of the Glencoe High School class of 1964. James furthered his education by attending Mankato State University in Mankato, where he received a master’s degree in psychology.
James was a member of the US Army Reserves.
He was united in marriage to Connie Oehler Sept. 6, 2004, in Anchorage, AK. James and Connie resided in Hutchinson.
James had two children, Seth and Britt, from a previous marriage to Lois (Belter) Teply.
James held employment as a professor of psychology at North Central College in Wausau, WI from 1971 until 1978.
He owned and operated Teply Equipment, Inc. (a John Deere dealership) in Glencoe and Cokato from 1978 until he retired in 2001.
James was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at his cabin in Birnamwood, WI and at his lake home on Lake Minnebelle, near Litchfield. James especially enjoyed the time he spent with his wife, children, and grandson.
James is survived by his wife, Connie Teply of Hutchinson; son Seth Teply of Litchfield; daughter Britt Teply of Des Moines, IA; stepdaughter Jenni Voigt and her husband, Ryan, of Glencoe; and grandson Dreyden Voigt.
He is further survived by a sister, Mary Sickman and her husband, Mark, of Rochester; parents-in-law Herbert and Bernice Wills of Gaylord; sisters-in-law Mavis Teply, Eileen Wills, Lori Lundeen and her husband, Doug; and Nancy Grabow and her husband, Shaun; brothers-in-law Gary Wills and his wife, Marilyn, Glenn Wills and his wife, Marcia, Wayne Wills and his wife, Cathy, Randy Wills and his wife, Cheryl, and Ron Wills; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
James is also survived by his canine friend and companion, Patch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Marian Teply; and a brother, Thomas Teply.
Funeral services took place Monday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment in the City Cemetery in Glencoe. Pastor James Gomez officiated, with music provided by organist Lon Roach, and soloist Charlie Lundeen, who sang, “Amazing Grace.” The congregational hymn was “In the Garden.” Processional and recessional hymns were “On Eagles Wings” and “What a Wonderful World.”
Casket bearers were Britt Teply, Seth Teply, nephews Jon Teply, Jason Teply, Paul Sickman, Aaron Sickman, Max Grabow, and Sam Lundeen, and son-in-law Ryan Voigt. Honorary bearer was Hal Ehrenreich.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online guest book is available at www.hantge.com. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.