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Lawrence J. Eppers
On May 23, 2014, Lawrence (Larry) John Eppers completed his faith walk at age 74, surrounded by family members at his home in Newnan, Ga.
Born to Lawrence W. and Catherine (Neu) Eppers, Larry grew up on his familys farm and orchard with sisters, Joyce and Kathleen. He enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing with his many cousins. In 1958, Larry graduated from Kenosha High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Madison earning a BS in Electrical Engineering. Larry also became a member of the Wisconsin National Guard and was called to service with the Wisconsin 32nd Red Arrow Division during the Berlin Crisis, 1961.
While at university, he met and fell in love with Judith (Judy) Peterson. They were married Nov. 4, 1961, at St. George Catholic Church in Kenosha, Wis. Over their 52 years together, Larry and Judy raised four children: Cyndi (Eppers) Graham, Elaine Eppers, Becky (Eppers) Lince, and Lawrence P. Eppers. They were also blessed with five grandchildren: Chistena (Eppers) Koch, Nicole Eppers-Misurelli, Jennifer Lince, Kimmie Lince and Brittany Lince; and then blessed yet again with one great granddaughter, Isabel Koch.
Larry was registered as a Wisconsin Professional Engineer and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers. He loved a good professional challenge and joking around with fellow co-workers. Larry worked for several organizations including Kenosha Unified School District, where he was a Project Engineer and active member of the Retired KUSD Employee BS (Building Services) Club, and the Departments of Navy and Army Federal Civilian Service, where he retired after 35 years of dedicated service.
Larrys hobbies included hunting, fishing, listening to music, singing off key, drawing wildlife and hobby farming. He LOVED a good joke, whether he was telling it or someone else, and could often be found providing sage advice, such as, A wet duck never flies at night. He also was a descriptive story teller with a unique sense of humor often interjecting his favorite adjective mighty into as many tales and conversations as possible. Many of his anecdotes came from his travels where he experienced new places through his lifelong passion of food. He never failed to show his devotion to friends and family through hosting many feasts and impromptu barbecues. Larry also had a strong sense of community service by becoming a multi-gallon donor to the American Red Cross Blood Bank.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence W. and Catherine (Neu) Eppers; and sister, Joyce (Eppers) Broesch.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Judy; children, Cyndi (Carl) Graham, Elaine Eppers, Becky (Matt) Lince, and Lawrence P. (Melissa) Eppers; grandchildren Chistena (Rik) Koch, Nicole Eppers-Misurelli, Jennifer Lince, Kimmie Lince, and Brittany Lince; great-grand daughter, Isabel Koch; sister Kathleen (Eppers) Tilsner; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A 10 a.m. Memorial Service will be held on June 9, 2014, at St. Elisabeth Catholic Church, 4816 7th Ave, Kenosha, Wis., immediately followed by a tree planting dedication and reception at his daughters residence. A special thanks to the many caregivers from Halcyon Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Kenosha Hospice Alliance http://www.hospicealliance.org/join-us/sponsorship-and-memorials.
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on June 1, 2014