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1922 - 2014 |
Robert P. Lepping, Sr.
1922 - 2014
Robert P. Lepping, Sr. (Bob to his friends; Lep to family members) died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, surrounded in his last days by his beloved wife of 70 years, Rose Marie, and other family members.
Bob was born on Sept. 15, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Washington University. Bob taught at the United States Naval Academy during his Navy tenure, followed by a long and successful business career in Kansas City, Mo.
Bob found his greatest joy in life in his wife (whom he claimed he "loved to spoil"), his children Robert, Jr. and Beth, his grandchildren, Carey, Oliver, Maggie, Robert III, Steve, and Lia, and in recent years his great-grandchildren, Sohia, Amara, Aubrey and Aidan Robert. Bob was loved and respected by all of his family members - to the point that his brother and three generations of family members have named children after him.
Bob was an upbeat person who felt that life should be enjoyed to its fullest; he enjoyed his work, his many friends, listening to music and dancing, playing jokes on others, watching his grandchildren play sports, playing golf, his golf club and being a staunch Republican.
Bob was predeceased by his father, Frank, his mother, Maggie, two siblings, Bud and Florence, and his niece, who he considered like a daughter, Kathy.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Bob wanted his body donated to science; he shared ".. maybe with my brain - they will find out what makes a human being so sharp for nearly 92 years". A Catholic Mass will be planned in the future. The family will host an open house for those wanting to share their condolences on Wednesday, Aug. 20th between 3 and 5 p.m. at the home of his daughter.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Hospice Care of the Berkshires for their amazing compassion and support over the past year, and the many staff at Kimball Farms Pine Hill Assisted Living who understood his unique sense of humor.
Bob was very proud of his granddaughter's work in sustainable water and sanitation in the Middle East. He was worried about the future of our planet and loved that the younger generation was focused on addressing its needs. Donations in his memory may be made out to 'cewas Middle East', and sent to Birches Roy Funeral Services, 33 South Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 to continue this good work.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 20, 2014
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