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James “Jim” Joseph Liptock, RIP

September 13, 1943 to July 3, 2017

James “Jim” Joseph Liptock was born to Joseph James Liptock and Marguerite “Mary” Radziewicz on September 13th, 1943.

Jim told many warm and sentimental stories of growing up in Allentown: hunting and fishing, playing football and baseball, meeting professional golfer and PGA Hall of Fame member Tommy “Thunder” Bolt. He also told stories of his family, especially his father, a WWII veteran who served as a First Lieutenant in the Heavy Weapons Company of the 359th Infantry, 90th Division, “The Tough ‘Ombres,” during their drive across Europe. Joseph Sr. died in 1954, when Jim was only 11 years old.

After high school he went to Muhlenberg, a small private liberal arts college in Allentown. His studies were interrupted by military service. Jim served in the Army in the late 60’s, returning to Muhlenberg and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1971. At this time in Pennsylvania, the Steel Industry was booming and he made a living in the area until the industry collapsed in the early 1980s.

Seeking a fresh start, he came to Minnesota, attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, studying Substance Abuse Counseling. At the time the University offered a Regents’ Scholarship to full-time employees, and this allowed Jim to pursue his education while still supporting himself and the community.

When his mother became sick, he paused his studies and stayed with her until she passed away in 1996. Returning to Minnesota, he found his degree program had been eliminated. Staying at the University, he worked as a Parking Lot Attendant until the University transitioned to automated parking ramps. His was a life of many setbacks and tragedies, but he always seemed to manage to make the best of things.

For many years, he held court in his parking ramp booth with friends, coworkers and passersby. A natural storyteller with a distinctive voice, highly opinionated, intensely loyal to a select few, he was beloved by those who knew him. Jim was a voracious reader, an excellent marksman who enjoyed a wide range of shooting sports, and he was a big hockey fan. Jim was also someone who spurned authority regularly and enjoyed it perhaps a little bit more than he should have. A heavy smoker, he would often practice his habit where he wasn’t supposed to and hid lit cigarettes whenever the need arose. 

A recovered alcoholic, he always carried an AA sobriety coin with him. Though he was not overtly religious, he had a deep belief in Christ and was a loyal member of the Roman Catholic Church. He died in Minneapolis on July 3rd, 2017 at the age of 73.

He is interred with his father and mother in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, near Allentown. Home again and finally. Rest in peace, my friend. 


Jim is buried at Lot/Level 40, Section 5, Range/Site 6, Grave 1

If anyone has memories of Jim to share, or pictures of him, please contact me through the contact form. Thank you.

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