James Paul Rumpsa was born on 2/4/43 to Paul and Ruth Rumpsa in New Jersey and left this earth on 7/24/21 of an Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack). He was raised in Michigan, earned degrees from Michigan State and University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and went on to have an extensive and successful professional career in several industries and locations. Jim moved to Utah from Michigan in 1985, where he later married the love of his life with whom he shared his remaining years with. Jim crossed the bridge doing what he loved, hiking the Moab Rim. CPR and Lifeflight could not convince him to stay otherwise.

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Jim had such a love of his family, God's Country, America, the flag, hunting, Michigan State, and anything "one of a kind" because he was such a "one of a kind" guy.

He did not need to retire from his job (at 78 years old) because it wasn't a job to him; he loved his work and, for the last 29 years, his Cutrubus family.

Jim is survived by his wife Valerie, his 5 beautiful children; Karen, Todd (Stacey), Amy, J Michael (Rosie), and Sarah. His 4 "obnoxious" stepchildren; Danielle, Dawn (Michael), Devan (Brandey), and Denise (Rob), and 19 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and his brother Matthew (Debra), and sister Christine Luecke. Jim loved and accepted his family for all they are.

Per Jim's request, he will be cremated and buried beneath an Oak tree in his honor at Moab Springs Ranch. For those who would like to attend, a Celebration of his life will be held on 7/31/21 at noon in the Meadows.

Moab Springs Ranch, North Highway 191, Moab, UT, USA


Celebration of Life

Saturday, Jul. 31, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Moab Springs Ranch
North Highway 191
Moab, UT 84532

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jul 27, 2021


Personal Info


Plainfield, United States


Moab, United States

Cause of Death

Heart Attack








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I did not know Jim on a personal level, but I dealt with him via Cutrubus Automotive as an outside vendor. Jim was one of my favorite clients to work with. He was kind, patient and always made sure to let me know how much he appreciated me. I honestly will miss connecting with him. I am sending my thoughts and love to your family.

Amber Aug 03, 2021

Valeria - our condolences to you and your family. We appreciated the times you and Jim came caroling to our house on Christmas. We hope you find peace at this time. Love, the Saals

Mark and Rugan Saal , Farmington, UT, US Aug 02, 2021

"Valerie" - I apologize for misspelling your name.


Mark and Rugan Saal , Farmington, UT, US Aug 02, 2021


Sue and I send our best wishes to you and your family.

Greg and Sue Kjar Jul 31, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to you with the loss of the love of your life.

I always look back and remember the fun times we all had sitting next to each other at so many Jazz basketball games. Also dinner at your house and out for a little fine dining. You and Jim made those moments, memories to remember. You are so wonderful and beautiful.

Lots of love. Steve

Steve Andrus , Salt Lake City, UT, US Jul 27, 2021

Wishing you peace and comfort during this time.

Jennifer and Darren Strawn , Pell City, AL, US Jul 27, 2021

Val we love you lots and thank you for continuing to let us be a part of your life.

DiAnna Elmer , Eagar, AZ, US Jul 27, 2021

You have lived a love story that few others ever do. May that love and your memories help sustain you. Thinking of you, Val. I have no words.

Sandi Kimball , Bountiful, UT, US Jul 27, 2021

My memory is of my fun-loving high school friend, Valerie. Valerie has always been the life of the party and she spoke so fondly of her husband. They enjoyed life to the fullest together.

Claudia Beck Hill , Orem, UT, US Jul 27, 2021


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