Hans G. Jepson
Colonel, United States Army
Hans G. Jepson, 94, a retired Army Colonel who served 14 years as environmental engineer for the Virginia Health Department in Alexandria, died of complications related to pneumonia July 9, 2002, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived at Belvoir Woods Health Care Center near Fort Belvoir.
Colonel Jepson, a civil engineer, served 24
years in the Army before retiring in 1963. This included duty in Europe
during World War II, occupation assignments in Germany after the war and
service in Korea. He was an ordnance commander in New York and San Francisco
and served in the ordnance chief's office at the Pentagon. He graduated
from the Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of
the Armed Forces, and in retirement received a doctorate in civil engineering
His military decorations included a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and an Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
Colonel Jepson was born in Berlin and immigrated to the United States as a child, settling in South Dakota.
He graduated from South Dakota State University, where he also received a master's degree in engineering and a civil engineering degree.
Before the war, he worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Washington.
During his years with the Virginia Health Department, Colonel Jepson helped create a model air pollution ordinance for Virginia and an air pollution and noise control program for Alexandria.
He served on the air pollution advisory committee for Virginia, Maryland and the District.
He was a sports enthusiast and former horseshoes champion in Washington and table tennis singles champion of the Third Army.
He also played softball and wrote poetry.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Juanita
Imogene Shears Jepson of Belvoir Woods Health Care Center; a son, Hans
G. Jepson II of New York; and a sister.
On Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at Mt. Vernon Hospital.
Beloved husband of Juanita I. Jepson; father of Hans G. Jepson II of NYC;
brother of Norma T. Bartlett of Takoma, Washington; and father-in-law of
Barbara G. Jepson of NYC. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Word of Life Assembly of God,
5225 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 22151.