Vince Sepich lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on April 29, 2014.
Vince was born on March 19, 1943 in Raton, New Mexico to the late Vance and Angie Sepich. Tragically, his father was killed in a coal mining accident when Vince was five and his brother, Charles was one year old. The struggling family survived and became a true family unit. Angie kept "her boys" close and they developed into true gentlemen.
A graduate of Raton High School in 1961, Vince continued his education at Texas Western in El Paso earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He later earned an MBA through Golden Gate University.
After completing college, Vince pursued a career in the United States Air Force as a pilot and began flying the F-102 Delta Dagger for the Air Defense Command. For two years, Vince flew protective cover missions for the bombing raids over North Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with six to thirteen clusters and the Accommodation Medal.
In 1969, Vince married Kathy, his wife of 44 years. After 11 years in the Air Force and two daughters, the family relocated to Thousand Oaks in 1979. Vince began a sales career in the machine tool industry and eventually became co-owner of a business until his retirement in 2008.
Vince was a man of integrity, had a positive spirit and a generous heart. He had a true love of life, never-ending love and devotion to his family, an immense love of travel and never met a stranger. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
Vince is survived by his wife Kathy, daughters Michelle Sepich (Douglas) and Karen Frost, granddaughters Amber and Kiera Frost, and brother Charles Sepich (Cindy).
The family would like to send a very special "thank you" to everyone at Buena Vista Hospice. You are truly angels on Earth and we could not have made it through this without you.
Obituary from the Ventura County Star, May, 7, 2014
Vince joined the Oxnard/Joslyn Lawn Bowls Club in 2009 along with several of his friends from the Thousand Oaks area. He picked up the sport of bowls quickly and became a regular bowler with the club. Vince was a very friendly and social guy and made friends quickly. Everyone enjoyed his company. He took an active part in the club activities and participated in club tournaments and Fun Days. He also volunteered his time as a Board Member and served as Vice President for a couple of years. By early 2013 due to failing health Vince had to discontinue activities with the club. Vince will be missed by all those who knew him.
Denny Ryan, Vince Sepich and Gregg Schrott, very close friends
Vince sitting on Amador's scooter
Club Officers: Joe Brown, Marie Moore, Barb Parkhurst and Vince Sepich
Several of our Thousand Oaks members shown here
Jerry Overmyer, John Op de Coul and Vince Sepich
Vince preparing to roll his bowl