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James Coleman Eplen, also known as Jim, passed away on February 2, 2024, in hospice care in Round Rock, Texas. Born to Mildred and Leroy Eplen on May 24, 1942, Jim was a longtime resident and business owner in Kingsland, Texas.

A graduate of Abilene High in 1960, Jim furthered his education with the Navy, National Cash Register Company, and Data Point Corp. His career was marked by dedication and excellence, and he eventually channeled his expertise into his own successful business

In 1978, Jim married Carrie LaGrone, and together, they built a successful business and developed an extensive collection of collectables. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Carrie; brother, John Eplen; daughter Terri Kleen and husband Clay; daughter Tracy McMonigle and husband Teddy; and grandson, Noah McMonigle.

Jim’s life was one of active engagement with the world of collectables, antiques, motorcycles, Cushman motor scooters, street rods, Corvettes, and cased percussion Colts. His 1934 Ford delivery was truly a work of art and his 1932 Ford Roadster was never completed. He lived on the water of Lake LBJ and was fond of pulling his children, nieces, and nephews around the lake on the Big Banana and was affectionately called The Terminator.

Jim will be laid to rest at the family plot in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Ranger, Texas, under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.

Jim Eplen will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.