Jerome J. Epping, 67, of Salem, died suddenly in a motorcycle vs car accident Oct. 3, 2022.

Jerry was born in Burlington on Oct. 3, 1955 to Claude and Betty (Ketterhagen) Epping. On Sept. 27, 1980, he was united in marriage to Colleen Sullivan. In 1980 he started Breezy Hill Nursery and has since been stewarding it.

Jerry did everything with great excellence and had a sense of accomplishment in his work. He lived and led by his motto of work hard and play harder in everything he did while activating others potential. He found freedom and life while riding his Harley cross-country. Cooking was a passion he loved to share with friends and family. He was adored by his six grandkids and known as Papa Jer. Florida was one of his happy places where he would rest and recharge.

Jerry is survived by his wife Colleen; mother Betty; children Bradd (Megan) Epping and Carli (Joseph) Schmaling; grandchildren, Trevin, Tyler and Teagan Epping, and Averie, Elli, and Case Schmaling; and siblings, Peggy (Alan) Briggs, Robert (Rena) Epping, Dennis (Julie) Epping, Richard (Lora) Epping and Donna (Shawn) McLafferty. He was preceded in death by his father Claude Epping.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Twin Lakes Country Club Red Barn Outdoor Pavilion, 1230 Legion Dr., Twin Lakes, on Oct 15, 2022, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. with a service at 4 p.m. The family has requested that all who attend wear outdoor attire and Harley gear. Memorials may be made to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Treatment Clinic at or Allina Health Cancer Institute. 225 Smith Ave N Suite 200 St. Paul, MN 55102.

The Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home and Crematory of Twin Lakes, is honored to assist the Epping Family. Online condolences can be done at